Social media has gone into meltdown following the release of Beyonce Knowles’ new visual album ‘Black Is King,’ via Disney+ at midnight PST.
The project was written, directed, and executive produced by Beyonce, and features appearances by JAY-Z, Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Lupita Nyong’o, Blue Ivy, and more.
‘Black Is King’ is based on the music of ‘The Lion King: The Gift’—the companion album Beyoncé made for Disney’s live-action film, of which Beyoncé voiced adult Nala.
In the film, dance sequences, Lion King samples, and footage of Black families around the world are interspersed with sequences in which Beyoncé traverses a beach, reciting details of a generations-spanning spiritual journey
The visual album was filmed across several locations including New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London, and Belgium.
As we’ve come to expect from a Beyonce project, the costumes are just as impressive as the visuals and the vocals.
This first look is Valentino Haute Couture leopard needlelace jumpsuit embroidered with sequins and rhinestones which sets off my jumpsuit, animal print and bedazzling senses all at once.
The jacquard leopard cape we see in the sketch didn’t get a look in here, and I really wish it did. As it would’ve added a regal air to this already powerful image.
A-Morir, who provided a few of the accessories for this film, created the rhinestone accented shades. Christian Louboutin heels completed her look.
This next tulle black gown custom made by Timothy White is perhaps the most iconic look thanks to the homage paid to Egyptian queen Nefertiti via her braided updo/crown.
d.bleu.dazzled® by Destiney Bleu is known for her rhinestone accented pieces. This shimmering bodysuit and skirt from the Californian-based designer, was style with a necklace by Area, and another pair of shade by A-Morir.
Riccardo Tisci’s choice of prints for Burberry went way beyond the brand’s signature check to cow motifs for Spring 2019. Looking like a warrior about to go into battle, the mini dress paired with a matching corset was styled with metallic silver Christian Louboutin shoes and a Ram horn headdress.
Are we about to see a cow print resurgence?
We then cut to a more serene setting which sees Beyonce wearing a custom white gown by Wendy Nichol.
This Mary Katrantzou Fall 2019 look is among my favourites for the colours, tumbling ruffles, feather accents and the darker hair colour, which I much prefer over the blonde. I think she looks much younger and fresher with this hue.
This isn’t the first time the singer has favoured the Greek designer. As Mary created a look for Beyonce which she wore during the Global Citizen Festival concert.
Area created this colourful webbed fantasy for their Fall 2019 collection, which Beyonce brought to life in this film. The styling kept the look true the vision of the designer and film’s aesthetic prowess.
For one of my favourite performance in this film, the singer wore a Loza Maléombho graphic, black-and-white ensemble was styled with a gold hardware including a grill.
There was more animal print to be had in this cheetah print gown, which could fit right on set of ‘Coming To America,’ as well as the Wearable Art Gala, and any music awards ceremony or premiere.
Oversized hats are still on trend according to Beyonce.
In my mind, this sugary pink embellished ruffled Solace London swimsuit what Diane Ross wears when lounging by the pool.
There were more black ruffles to be hand in this layered Simon-Hartman London creation which is almost upstaged by the braided crown.
Sipping high tea with Mama Knowles-Lawson, Beyoncé wore a dramatic Erdem floral-printed tiered gown styled with Anabela Chan earrings and an array of accessories that give the look an edge.
This Marine Serre Fall 2019 catsuit will be the most recognisable piece here, due to the brown design adorned with the brand’s hallmark crescent moon motifs as a repeated print.
The print proved to be a important factor in the octopus-style dance break.
This tweed robe and head wrap was designed by Beyonce’s stylist Zerina Akers, which was styled with Illesteva shades and custom Brother Vellies shoes.
The singer was looking like your favourite rich auntie wearing a gold chain trimmed boucle suit which was custom made by Balmain. The look was styled with Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle’ embellished pumps.
Is anyone else getting Saint Mary from this picture?
Israeli fashion designer Alon Livné created three looks for Beyonce.
The first is a beautiful sculptural piece, with the detailing from the ruching the most breath-taking part of this look for me.
The second combines latex and tulle. Who ever thought that would make for a tantalizing duo? This is when Sasha Fierce came out to play.
With yet another beautiful handcrafted crown by Laurel DeWitt, the singer dons another all white creation from the designer. This was just as intricate with the crocheting and puffy sleeves. This was not the look to be wearing during an energetic dance break.
If any of you have ever been to an African wedding, this look was feel very familar. Once again beaded, silk bodysuit, corset, jacket with a train hybrid by 5:31 Jérôme, is giving me rich Auntie, about to spray money on the newlyweds.
But without the headwrap, the look takes on a whole new look and feel.
Something tells me that Victoria Beckham will be ordering this look from Michaela Stark. Those long jeans seem made for the fashion designer.
This Alessandra Rich Fall 2019 crystal dress is not for the faint-hearted.
She instead added more sparkle which I loved sans the eyebrow jewels.
Beyonce was serving up ‘Coming To America’ realness in this yellow Adam Paris custom creation. The bonnet is giving me so much life here.
Ashi Studio created this elaborate hand-made embroidered piece which incorporated exotic bird feathers, placed one by one on the bodice. The custom look took 70 hours to create.
This Molly Goddard Fall 2019 tulle hot-pink gown wasn’t giving out much of an African vibe until Beyonce styled the look with a traditional head wrap.
Adding matching tights to this Mugler Spring 2020 heightens the psychedelic nature of this look.
You may remember that Cardi B wore this same look, sans tights, to a Grammys after party.
Bey was looking very regal wearing a custom Mia Vesper gown with a matching headpiece.
This houndstooth dress with a long train by Tongoro Studio was another one of my favourites. This would’ve been a great red carpet look for Beyonce.
Her Tongoro Studio also presented a strong graphic vibe in this chiffon of the shoulder number.
The first look is a custom Burberry graffiti creation.
While the look joins a host of embellished looks from this film. Vrettos Vrettakos custom made this crystal dress and boots, while necklace is by Laurel Dewitt.
The printed duster is by Confetti, while this final look is from Balmain.
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