Sunday, 15 April 2018

Entertainment : Her long-awaited performance was everything and more as the star reunited Destiny's Child and looked a million bucks in custom-made

Superstar lights up Cochella in custom-made Balmain
Apr 15, 2018 9:41 AM

Her long-awaited performance was everything and more as the star reunited Destiny's Child and looked a million bucks in custom-made Balmain.

Beyonce looks like an Egyptian queen in custom-made Balmain for her Cochella performance  (Instagram/ @beyonce)

Beyonce's Cochella performance was one of the most anticipated events of the year and when it all unfolded last night, it exceeded all expectations. The superstar lit up the Palm Springs music festival, Cochella, wearing custom-made Balmain and we get the scoop from Creative Director of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing.

The excitement around Beyonce's Cochellaperformance, arguably the biggest one since she gave birth to the twins reached its peak yesterday as Queen B herself took to the stage to perform a number of hits and even reunited the band from which it all began, Destiny's Child.
Fans went wild for Beyonce and as usual, she did not disappoint with her stage outfits. Beyonce, whose tours are famous for their incredible fashion as well as the incredible talent, treated Cochella no differently as she rolled out in not one but FOUR custom-made outfits by French luxury label, Balmain.
Vogue magazine sat down and had an exclusive talk with Balmain Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, who revealed what it was like dressing Beyonce for the big performance:
It all started when stylist Marni Senafonte approached Olivier Rousteing after his Fall 2018 runway show for Balmain and explained to him that she was trying to find the right designer to create custom looks for Beyonce’s upcoming Coachella performances. “Marni told me that the shows were all about survivors and that B was looking for something in a military style,” Rousteing says. “Our silhouettes and our sort of Mad Max, futuristic take on military looks for Fall were a perfect fit.”
But, of course, Queen Bey was not about to wear something that was going to be mass-produced, so Rousting went to work with Senofonte and the rest of Beyoncé’s team to create two custom Balmain stage wardrobes, one for each of her performances tonight and next Saturday night. Rousteing also dressed the 200-some dancers on stage, as well as Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who will reunite with Beyoncé for a Destiny’s Child throwback moment.
Rousteing only had a few weeks to pull it all together, spending sleepless nights and long days creating the Egyptian-inspired gold-and-black cape with intricate embellishments; as well as a hologram-fabric black jacket and bodysuit; a collegiate-style embellished yellow hoodie with “BAE” written on the front; a camouflage and mesh minidress; and a top decorated with a 2018 Beyoncé crest that shows a bee, a raised fist, a panther, and an Egyptian goddess. “By the end it felt like Marni and I were in a relationship,” the designer said with a laugh. “We went to bed texting and emailing one another and woke up doing the same.”
Beyonce's custom-made BAE hoodie by Balmain
Beyonce's custom-made BAE hoodie by Balmain  (Vogue)
Rousteing not only worked in close contact with Senofonte, but also with “B,” as he calls her, and her entire creative team. He flew out to Los Angeles to be a part of the rehearsals, making sure that the clothes moved well for the complex choreography and that every outfit change was precise and well executed. “B is a perfectionist,” Rousteing says. “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.”
Though he has worked with Beyoncé before, on her 2016 tour costumes, and has collaborated with an impressive roster of celebrities that includes Frank Ocean and Kim Kardashian-West (not to mention brands and organizations like Victoria’s Secret and the Paris Ballet), he emphasizes how different and intimate this experience was for him. “If I am being totally transparent, it is very, very rare in this kind of process to have so much communication with the artist and the ones closest to her on her team.” He adds, “I was able to be in the room with her and she would give me direct feedback about how the lighting should hit the clothes, what the music had to emphasize about each look—I never had to guess what to do next.”
Rousteing believes that these couture pieces for Beyoncé will go down in music history, not only because of the immense amount of work that went into them but also because they highlight the dynamism of the performances themselves. Still, despite the glamour and excess involved in this collaboration, Rousteing’s favorite memory was a much quieter one. “I think the thing I will always remember is sitting on the floor with B and cutting fabric,” he says fondly. “Blue comes in and runs over to B, and B holds her in her arms while talking to us about the cuts and silhouettes.
Beyonce's custom-made Egyptian cape for her Cochella performance made by Balmain
Beyonce's custom-made Egyptian cape for her Cochella performance made by Balmain  (Vogue)