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Beyoncé—superstar, tastemaker, Givenchy flame wearer—kicks off the U.S. leg of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in L.A. tonight. She already debuted a wealth of flashy wares in Europe, like custom costumes by The Blonds, David Koma, Dsquared², and Emilio Pucci. But, for her Stateside performances, Mrs. Carter is adding a few sartorial surprises. And she tapped emerging Israeli designer Alon Livné to make them.
The pair ignited their creative relationship back in February after Beyoncé’s stylists, Ty Hunter and Raquel Smith, attended the 27-year-old’s debut New York Fashion Week presentation. Smith reported back to Bey, who quickly fell in love with with one of Livné’s metal-embellished Pre-Fall gowns, and requested customized versions—in red—for her and her backup dancers to wear on the tour.
Based in Tel Aviv, where he owns two stores, Livné returned to New York earlier this month to show his Resort ’14 collection to retailers. And not long after his arrival, he got a call. “They asked me if I could do something special,” Livné told Style.com—the “they” being Beyoncé’s stylists, and her mother, Tina. “I said yes, of course.” There was one problem, though: he had nowhere to work. But when you’re designing for pop culture’s reigning queen, nothing is impossible. Beyoncé’s camp set him up in an office with an industrial sewing machine, and he got to it. “I think the fact that they were willing to help me make these dresses, and to give me a studio, was so amazing,” offered Livné. “I mean, it’s Beyoncé. She can go anywhere from Chanel to Givenchy and pick whatever she likes, and she helped me.”
The fruit of his labor is a scarlet corset sprinkled with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals, the sketch of which debuts exclusively above. The look will serve as Ms. Knowles’ show opener this evening. Livné also made the star a printed gown with metal details, and a bevy of costumes for her backup dancers.
Not surprisingly, the Beyoncé connection has done wonders for Livné’s budding career. “Obviously, in Israel, it was huge, huge, huge amazing news,” he said. “Everyone was talking about the Israeli designer that dressed Beyoncé, the biggest star in the world.” But it’s helped him in New York, too—which is key, since he’s packing up his atelier and moving to Chelsea this summer. The designer, who interned at Alexander McQueen and worked with Roberto Cavalli before launching his dark, dramatic signature line nearly four years ago, just got picked up by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. He’ll also put on a runway show at Lincoln Center this September. “I want to live my dream and work on the biggest stage that I can,” he said before catching his plane back to Tel Aviv on Thursday night. “So coming to New York is a dream come true.”
Hollywood turned out this weekend for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, where a barrage of young stars—many of whom, admittedly, we’ve never heard of—took their turns on the red carpet. Dressing for an event like this one can be tricky, as age-appropriateness comes into play as well. The adult contingent needs to keep it kid-friendly (maybe Katy Perry could’ve shown just a little less cleavage than her usual, in a strapless cocktail frock by The Blonds), while the youth set needs to avoid going too primly grown-up. Disney star Selena Gomez hit just the right note in a sunny yellow dress by Christian Cota, tricked out with Sergio Rossi heels and a messy braid like those Guido Palau styled for the runways at Alexander Wang and Miu Miu. We think the length, the style, and the color are great for Gomez. What do you think? Is this kid’s choice your choice, too?
8:30 a.m. smack in the middle of fashion week is a rough call time, but the winners of this year’s Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards were bright-eyed for their victory lap at an ED-sponsored breakfast this morning. (The journalists assigned to cover them, maybe less so.) Former winner Derek Lam kept his remarks to the new class brief: “Get out there and meet everyone.” Winners Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, The Blonds, Salvor Project’s Ross Menuez, Siki Im, Prova’s Irini Arakas, and John Patrick, get thee to the schmooze.
First things first, of course: the shows this week, all of which got a boost from the cash award. “A big difference will be backstage, where, instead of six people running the whole thing, we’ll have a proper staff to make sure things run smoothly,” said Altuzarra. Gurung is making the transition from presentation to full-on runway shows and is “excited to shoot higher and push the line further, now more than ever,” he told us. And menswear designer Siki Im may have gotten an influx of funds, but his collection remains about just the opposite. “It’s a story I dreamed up of the boys from Lord of the Flies,” he explained, “growing up, securing a good job on Wall Street—you know, carte blanche, all that—and then suddenly losing it all.”