If it was Beyoncé’s wish to grab the attention – and the headlines – on the opening night of her Mrs. Carter tour, she certainly succeeded. While her bootylicious body alone is enough to catch the eye – the singer took no chances as she graced the stage in her raciest costume yet. Beyoncé, 31, stunned concert goers in a gold sequin-encrusted bodysuit adorned with a pair of trompe l’oeil breasts – complete with protruding nipples – as she stormed the stage in Belgrade, Serbia on Monday evening.
Although the singer started her career in clothes designed by mother Tina Knowles, she enlisted the help of some famous friends while putting together the wardrobe for her latest extravaganza. British designer Julien Macdonald designed pieces for Beyoncé’s wardrobe. Likewise, Emilio Pucci creative director Peter Dundas and Dsquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten, and Ralph and Russo are also said to have collaborated with the pop idol. Footwear impresario Stuart Weitzman contributed the entirety of the dancing diva’s shoes.
After shimmying and strutting in the racy fringe-lined, sequin-covered piece, Beyoncé slipped into a second bodysuit. He told People magazine:’I’ve been doing shoes for so long for her, we’ve learned what she needs,’ that includes heels ‘of a special width for her to dance on’ rubberized soles ‘so she’s not slippin’ and slidin’ around’ and extra padding inside. He added: ‘She really is interested in the way the shoe feels on her foot. ‘She absolutely has the impression of not being willing to suffer, no matter how the shoe looks on her foot.’
The singer put Weitzman’s shoes to work as she channeled Wonder Woman in a mesh-paneled bodysuit, which featured gold rope detailing and a PVC trimmed peplum skirt.
The ensemble also included a leather collar and matching wrist cuffs. Later, a harem of dancers in complementary skirted suits flanked the Single Ladies performer. A crimson gown fastened at the chest by a gold pendant provided a bold pop of colour to an otherwise monochrome collection.
Still, black-based bodysuits seem to be the Halo crooner’s go-to ensemble, as she strutted in two more such pieces before ending the evening. One piece provided full-body coverage, allowing Beyoncé’s voice to shine as she was illuminated by a single spotlight.
Meanwhile, another star-studded suit featured a waist-cinching belt and accentuated the singer’s shapely legs.
Beyoncé has 64 more shows on the tour which will see her travel across Europe, North America and South America.
The Crazy In Love hitmaker had been due to play eight English shows starting April 29th and more May, but following popular demand she has now added three more gigs to her tour.
Beyonce’s UK itinerary now includes additional appearances at London’s The O2 on 4 and 5 May, and the Manchester Arena on 9 May.
This brings the pop sensation’s total number of shows in London to six and Manchester to three. She will also perform two gigs in Birmingham. The former Destiny’s Child singer will then take a month’s break before returning to the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on 28 June. Beyonce will perform on 3 August in her spouse’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Australia, Asia and Latin America will be included on the second leg of the tour, which will run for over a year. Her last show is scheduled for September 13 in Brazil.