The summer renaissance has begun.
Beyoncé kicked off her in Sweden on Wednesday, May 10, and to no one’s surprise, she did not disappoint. There was the Renaissance Tour setlist of hit after hit, from classics like “Dangerously in Love” for the first time since 2009, to new hits like “CUFF IT” for the first time ever. There was also intricate choreography (she *did* win Best Dance Album at this year’s Grammys) and the stage presence Queen Bey is known for. But some of the most standout moments from Night 1 of the Renaissance Tour included the unparalleled rotation of outfits.
Bey hit the stage for the first time since
her viral, invite-only Dubai show in January, wearing a silver Alexander McQueen bodysuit and made several costume changes throughout the nearly three-hour set. Many of the looks leaned into the psychedelic, disco imagery from the Renaissance album, while others were nods to her past, such as a vintage-inspired bee costume like no other. There were even some pieces that became living artwork.
Since it’s clear the multi-hyphenate pays attention to even the smallest of details, it’s time to shine a light (of your halo?) on the
Renaissance Tour fashion that fans were most crazy in love with. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
During her performance of “Drunk in Love,” Beyoncé appeared on stage wearing one of her most talked about ensembles of the night: a custom bodysuit with hand silhouettes covering very specific places of her body.
Loewe Creative Director Jonathan Anderson, who was the mastermind behind the piece (as well as
Rihanna’s Super Bowl look), said the ensemble, along with another silver shimmering outfit, were inspired by fine art, drawing on “sculptural forms, trompe l’oeil, and illusion,” as well as Anderson’s feelings of “escapist joy” from Renaissance. The sultry ‘fit was elevated by Bey’s own black latex gloves and red mani. Where does the suit start and end? A UV Light Color-Changing Dress Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Renaissance spans genres, including pop, R&B, and most notably disco. With the album’s dedication to Beyoncé’s late Uncle Jonny — her godmother and “the most fabulous gay man” she ever met — who “was the first person to expose” her to this kind of music and culture, you can bet that the fashion would also get that ‘70s treatment. This particular ‘fit designed by David Koma, along with several others, embodied total psychedelic disco vibes, incorporating everything from a holographic oversized jacket, a trippy printed dress, and tall snakeskin boots.
Beyoncé performed throwback “Rather Die Young” in this cagey Balmain pearled bodysuit with patent knee-high boots. The singer recently
collaborated with Balmain for a , with a couture piece for each track on the album. The pieces incorporated chandelier-like skirts and spiky bustiers to establish something new: a “ Renaissance collection wearable album.” While the ‘fit from the tour isn’t from the couture collection, it feels like a more everyday (if you’re Beyoncé) version of some of the pieces. A Nod To The Renaissance Album Cover Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Fans were wondering if Reneigh, the bedazzled silver horse on the
, would make an appearance on tour. Thankfully, the answer is yes. At the end of her set, Bey saddled up in a drapey silver ‘fit that matched Reneigh, and the two Renaissance album cover rode over the crowd.
If this is just Night 1, the Bey Hive is eager to see what other tricks the queen has up her sleeve.
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