Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Beyoncé kicked off her much anticipated The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour at the sold out Kombank Arena in Belgrade on Monday, indulging her fans with an electrifying performance and NINE custom made wardrobe changes.
Styled by Ty Hunter, her bespoke outfits were created by 7 designer labels. Dozens of pairs of hands, hundreds hours of meticulous work and about a million of hand sewn and applied crystals… but let’s go one by one (in random order).
White embellished crystal and pearl bodysuit, with zig-zag hem peplum skirt and fringed epaulettes, a couture piece by Ralph & Russo.
When asked about working with Bey, Ralph & Russo Creative Director Tamara Ralph told Music Fashionland:
“Beyonce is such a powerful and inspirational woman, we were absolutely thrilled when she approached Ralph & Russo Couture again* to design outfits for her infamous “Mrs. Carter World Tour”. Her energetic and commanding performances make designing for her so inspiring!”
The opening look was styled with satin pumps with crystal embellished heels, one of many custom made pairs Stuart Weitzman created for the world tour: “She knows what she wants. And she is so grateful to have these shoes made just perfectly so that she can perform without thinking about them”.
Below trio of looks (looks #2 – #4) by Emilio Pucci was built with complex choreography in mind. Inspired by the upcoming AW13 collection, the rock goddess looks complement the theatrical storyline of the show.
“Dressing someone like Bey is beyond great. She’s an incredible mix of beauty, artistry and just pure energy”, said Peter Dundas, the Creative Director of the Italian fashion hause: “Watching her rehearse before our midnight fittings made me want to run home and sketch. She’s a true icon and doing the costumes for her show was a privilege for me and for Pucci”.
Lilac hand-beaded fitted tail jacket and pastel pattern shorts, accessorized with animal print belt and caramel suede thigh high lace-up boots.
Nappa leather double breasted peak lapel jacket, completed with large brimmed felt hat.
Underneath the jacket… black hand beaded croc motif bodysuit with front zip accents.
Custom made Giuseppe Zanotti black over-the-knee zip-front boots.
Green, purple and black leopard print beaded fringe minidress, worn with Stuart Weitzman ankle boots.
Custom made hand embellished Dennis Kolpodinos x Vrettos Vrettakos catsuit.
The 400,000 cobalt crystals featuring second skin belongs to Vrettos Vrettakos SS13 collection.
Matching Stuart Weitzman crystal encrusted pumps completed the look.
Custom hand-beaded mesh sleeve once-piece and matching cat ear hat by Givenchy.
The next piece, I believe the most talked about costume from the show, was custom created by The Blonds (I’m sure you remember Bey wearing their crystal pave bodysuit on the Revel Ovation Hall stage).
Initially hand-painted on Beyoncé in order to achieve the correct shading, the female form celebrating long-sleeve crystal embroidered bodysuit with fringe detail features about 30,000 Swarovski crystals in flesh and honey tones.
The idea behind the bespoke creation was her body “being covered in crystalized honey”.
Sleeveless gold & black French horn print bodysuit with mesh insert and molded laser-cut patent peplum belt, custom made by David Koma, referrencing his AW13 collection, inspired by the shape and grooves of vinyl records.
This look was accessorized with another pair of Stuart Weitzman ankle boots.
The red goddess gown featuring open back bodice, intricately constructed around a gold fringed jewel centre piece, and waist-high slit flowy skirt, was created by Israeli designer Alon Livné.
The sensual piece, worn with gold Stuart Weitzman heels, was based on his SS12 collection, presented during the Tel Aviv Fashion Week.
The kick off show fashion credits end here but something is telling me Bey and her fashion team didn’t reveal all the surprises yet. Will keep you updated. Next stop: Arena Zagreb.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen them yet, check out the exclusive fashion credits behind The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour commercial!