Unless you were living on some distant planet this past weekend, you probably heard that Beyonce quietly dropped a new single into the world. Quietly, because no one knew it was coming, and then, well, the Internet exploded. In like a lamb, out like a lion. It’s also not your average Bey drop – This song is deeply political, vehemently spotlighting police violence, race discrimination, and perceived inaction in New Orleans post-Katrina. Single Ladies, this is not. On top of this song being a hit, there’s also a lot of perfect fashion going on here. Also, it gave us “I’ve got hot sauce in my bag. Swag.” So, given its cultural weight, let’s break it down piece by piece:
The video opens with Beyonce just casually lying down on a police car in the middle of a New Orleans flood. Such a leisurely day in the politically minded sun demands something light and loose, like a Gucci shirt and skirt from the spring/summer 2016 collection (The shirt is $1,935 and the skirt is $2,631). Finish the look off with a pair of Louis Vuitton boots.
Gucci part two
Beyonce is continuing in a pop tradition here. She’s leading a dance pack in an abandoned swimming pool, and everyone is wearing the same outfit. Well, mostly the same outfit. They’re all wearing custom Gucci, while they get in formation.
At this moment, things get a bit dangerous. Perhaps Beyonce is unfamiliar with Isadora Duncan, the dancer who wore a scarf in a car one day that got tangled in the wheel axle, thus leading to a broken neck (and her death). If she knew of her, she may have been more careful. She is wearing a Fendi fur coat, and a Rosie Assoulin white bodysuit.
This look is the work of Bey’s stylist, Marni Senofonte. The bodysuit is custom, done by Senofonte, while the jewels are from Chanel’s pre-fall collection. And Blue Ivy and her pals? Vintage. And adorable.
This New Orleans Gothic look is essentially our fave. You’ve got a vintage hat, Warner Brothers Vintage clothes, and Wolford tights on Bey, while her crew is sporting Palace Vintage.
Chanel and Alessandra Rich
Ah, the salon. A place where ideas are exchanged, fans are swatted too and fro, and Beyonce slays. The hat’s Chanel, and that Southern Belle-inspired, white lace dress is by Alessandra Rich.
Sometimes, you just have to stop, think and twirl a vintage parasol. Beyonce knows. She’s doing this elegantly, sporting Zimmerman’s white lace gown, and a corset from Palace Vintage.
Gucci part three
So, clearly Beyonce has a thing for Gucci. This time, it’s spring 2016 again, and the most colourful of the bunch. She’s doing the slow head roll, probably because she’s tired from all of the costume and location changes. Get a masseuse, girl!
Lookin’ good, right? Watch the full video below: