The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 was held at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday (December 3) — and Beyonce headlined the event honouring the late Nelson Mandela with her husband, JAY-Z, during a 90-minute performance.
As could be expected, Queen Bey not only slayed the song list but also her slew of custom looks — with some paying direct tribute to Africa.
Making an entrance took on new meaning with this custom-made Atelier Versace second-skin jumpsuit that was bold not only in hue but also in form with its cut-outs and safety-pin accents inspired by the heritage of the iconic Versace safety pin and the new Pre-Fall collection. The matching sunny-yellow fedora and wispy cape-like robe only added to the sultry, dramatic form of this stage-ready look.
I was living for this rainbow moment, with Bey and her dancers rocking the matching Atelier Versace jumpsuits in all the most beautiful, vivid hues — and the matching hats. I’m sure you’re also flashing back to the famous Versace safety-pin gown worn by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994. But, this fresh revival is a revelation.
Wearable art is what this embellished, floral-patchwork bodysuit and balloon-sleeve cape was all about. Indeed, they were bespoke pieces from the queen of patterns herself, Mary Katrantzou, who was inspired by traditional African dress and celebrated the diversity of Africa and female empowerment in this enchanting design.
This whimsical, power look from Balmain had tinges of Egyptian goddess and warrior princess with the feathered, hieroglyphic top. But, it was the high-waist cutoffs that made it just the right, signature fit for this Queen.
This undulating pink ruffled gown by Ashi Studio Spring 2018 Couture was previously worn by Deepika Padukone during the Cannes Film Festival this year. It’s a performance piece, so it doesn’t surprise me that Beyonce brought its magnetic magenta allure and sculptural prowess to the stage. And, you will not find me complaining at seeing it have another glorious moment in the spotlight.
This emerald-green bodysuit-gown hybrid was quite the statement maker with its crystallized effect and exaggerated sleeves. It was a collab between South African designers Quiteria & George with Enhle Mbali Maphumulo — and what a way for Bey to pay homage to the local talent of the country.
As for her Esteban Cortazar design, it may have been mini but it was mighty in the stunning all-over bead work inspired by the region’s traditional beading techniques.
Which was your favourite?
Credit: Trevor Stuurman/Beyonce.com, Ashi Studio & Getty