If you’re like most of us, you’re still trying to recover from Beyoncé’s history-making Coachella performance this past Saturday. After missing last year’s event due to her pregnancy with twins (Sir and Rumi), she hit the stage like she’d never left: with tresses laid by Kim Kimble, post-baby bod snatched and a sea of all-yellow featuring moment after moment of Black AF realness that had us screaming yaaaassss!
Unofficially dubbed Beychella, Bey gave us everything from HBCU-inspired homecoming and Black Greek life feels (you can’t tell us Beta Delta Kappa isn’t a real thing) to powerhouse vocals and an epic Destiny’s Child reunion. Add to that, her onstage dance duet with sister Solange that took us back to our favorite family moments, the Black national anthem and every single choreographed movement and we just weren’t ready.
So, while we attempt to reclaim our edges, we had to take a look back at her coordinated crest-emblazoned and sorority outfit changes. Keep scrolling for deets behind each stunning look designed by fashion house Balmain’s designer Olivier Rousteing.
There was no way to doubt the diva’s reign in a regal Balmain crystal encrusted beaded and striped bodysuit and cape. The Egyptian-meets-military inspired look (topped with a Queen Nefertiti-inspired crown) was a collaboration between Olivier Bey and her stylist, Marni Senafonte,
“She has such a distinct vision for fashion and for her music, I really learned a lot from this experience and from watching her work in those rehearsals,” he said in an exclusive interview with Vogue.
Leader Of The Beta Delta Kappas
We’re not sure if the letters emblazoned on this sweatshirt were meant for it to stand for Beta Delta Kappa, her first and last initials paired with the ROC’s logo or something totally different. Doesn’t matter. Bey will go forever down in history as the leader of the best sorority that never existed with this yellow cropped hoodie, super short cutoffs and tinsel boots.
Bey’s epic homecoming reunion with Kelly and Michelle gave us Survivor vibes in coordinated fatigue prints also designed by Olivier. The designer took them to luxe army status with sequins and sparkles.
So, not really sure what material this lace-up bustier, jacket and boots were made of, but the puffy jacket gave us late ’90s Missy Elliot vibes finished off with a side of dominatrix.
I’m Black & I’m Proud
The singer is rarely known for making overt political statements, so this crest was the icing on the cake of this performance homage to Black colleges, music and history. By this time, she’d already sung the Black national anthem, so seeing her rock this netted top with a crest comprised of an Egyptian queen, a black panther, a black fist and a bee was everything.
The best part about these one-of-a-kind looks? Olivier has designed a whole new wardrobe for week two. We can’t wait to what she slays in next.