By Alexis Garrett Stodghill, theGrio.com (Article originally published on theGrio.com.)
Beyoncé Knowles is having quite a week in fashion, with much of the stir caused by her latest looks from her Mrs. Carter world tour.
She kicked it off in Belgrade, Serbia on Monday,sporting a black and gold body suit with detailed breasts and nipples rendered in color-contoured sequins on the bodice for one number.
Beyoncé was even snapped in the suggestive outfit touching the illusion of her exposed bosom, generating an international conversation about the taste of the design.
“It was certainly a shocking look,” opined The Huffington Post. “[S]eriously, Beyoncé effectively put Madonna’s infamous Jean-Paul Gaultier cone bra to shame.”
Ms. Knowles also whore a white, beaded body suit with military details, and a deeply V-cut cat suit among various designs.
Luxury couture houses such as Julien Macdonald, Dsquared2, and Emilio Pucci helped Mrs. Carter make a showstopping appearance in the first concert of her world tour. (Beyoncé also famously wore Pucci to sing at the 2013 presidential inauguration. Is she developing a special relationship with this brand?) Future stops will include cities in France, the U.K., Sweden and the U.S.
If you can tear your eyes away from the flowing fabrics, eye-catching prints, and sensual leathers that make up the upper portions of Beyoncé’s tour ensembles, you might want to take a look at her feet.
Storied shoe designer Stuart Weitzman custom designed numerous heels and booties for the superstar “Single Ladies” singer with his mind on keeping her comfortable during dance routines.
Weitzman told People magazine that he designed at least 40 pairs of shoes for the Mrs. Carter world tour.
“We made her beautiful jeweled pumps, ankle boot lace-ups with metal trim on them… that are very sexy,” he said. “We made her these boots up to the thigh that have a military influence. Those are the three principal designs, in lots of colors.”
Weitzman, who has a lengthy track record of working with the diva, also made sure to create each pair according to Beyoncé’s specifications, which include plenty of padding built up from the inside so that the shoes are comfortable for dancing without looking bulky. He also provided the sexy chanteuse with rubberized soles to prevent slips on stage, and a wide sole for extra comfort.
“She absolutely has the impression of not being willing to suffer, no matter how the shoe looks on her foot,” Weitzman added.
If that is not enough, the first of Mrs. Carter’s H&M ads for the clothier’s summer collection have finally been unveiled after much anticipation.
“In a campaign titled ‘Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M,’ shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Beyonce shows off her post-baby body in an array of colorful H&M swimwear cover-ups,” CBS News reports.
In this series of steamy photos, intended to co-promote her world tour and the collection, Beyoncé dons bikinis and cover-ups showing that her famous figure is in awesome post-baby form.
More pieces and photos will soon be released.
“There’s the perfect bodycon dress, as well as a flowing sun dress that makes a real statement,” Ann-Sofie Johansson, head designer at H&M, said of the collection. “And of course there are the bikinis, especially the fringed bikini. What makes these pieces even more special is that Beyoncé herself had input into the design, and they are full of her own personal style.”
Perhaps if we want to pick up a look from Beyoncé’s summer wardrobe to enjoy a little taste of her glamour, we might want to look to H&M instead of emulating her tour looks. Not everyone can pull off a golden-nippled leotard.