Jewelry + Style Breakdown: Queen B's Black is King
If you are anything like us, we couldn't get enough of all of the *fabulous* looks from Beyonce's Black is King.
Black excellence, images from African culture, and overall visual eye candy studded this visual album. We've pulled some of our favorite styles below; all work is styled by Zerina Akers.
Custom Valentino Haute Couture Leopard Mesh Sequin Catsuit
COME. ON. This handmade catsuit involved 10 people and over 300 hours of work, just for the one look. Every sequin was hand sewn. While we at A+T aren't likely to be losing our eyesight crafting our own piece of genius, anyone up for a digital rhinestoning party to recreate those A-Morir sunnies?
Custom Ashi Studio Hand-Embroidered Feather Bodice
Custom Alejandro Collection Puff Sleeve Gown
Jo Miller Studio Lace Hat
Lorraine Schwartz 200ct diamond necklace
Anabela Chan Earrings
Readers, Blue is not solely the name of Beyoncé's first born (and Queen in the Making), it's also the color that represents femininity for many African cultures. We're highly appreciative of the insane diamond details from Lorraine Schwartz and the gorgeous "waterfall" earrings from Anabela Chan. These have 184 aquamarines, blue sapphires, and white diamonds!
Custom Burberry Cow Print Corset Top with Matching Mini Skirt
Custom Alon Livne Sculptural Dress + Matching Headpiece
Can we just talk about these stunning brass statement earrings?!?!
Abstract Palette earrings by the amazingly talented Lorraine West Jewelry
Custom Alon Livne Dress
Lauren DeWitt Hand Beaded Pearl + Lace Headpiece
Custom Laurel DeWitt Metal Halo, Headdress, Cuffs, and Neckpiece
Custom Destiney Bleu Catsuit
Area arm ties, necklace, and crystal headpiece
A Morir sunglasses and earrings
This. Outfit. Is. Incredible. Centered on the rhinestone + silver accessories and fully embellished in all the right places, it's evidence that sometimes more is just...more. Those of you dedicated to the A+T blog and Insta know we love Area, but we also think that Laurel Dewitt's custom pieces here are (yet again) a shining example of a perfect designer/stylist relationship. Fun fact: the halo is the only non-custom piece Dewitt contributed to Black is King; it's actually part of her most recent collection.
Custom Alessandra Rich Catsuit
Custom Laurel DeWitt Crystal Turban
We are a jewelry store, yes. So we LOVE the crystals here, and Laurel Dewitt can seemingly do no wrong. But can we talk about the beauty geniuses that paired a black lip with a insanely-perfect smudged black eyeliner and crystal forehead accessories?
Custom Laurel De Witt Beaded Body Chains
Area NYC Beaded Swarovski Fringe Poncho
We were fans of this Swarovski poncho as soon as it came out on the Area NYC runway this past fall, and we were ecstatic to see it featured so beautifully!
Custom Timothy White Tulle Gown
Layers upon layers of tulle perfectly compliment Beyonce's traditional Congolese hairstyle, inspired by the Lipombo head elongation process native to Central Africa.
No accessories necessary, as this hair combined with this dress were breathtaking enough as is.
Custom Lace by Tanaya Body Fringe Dress
Chanel Crystal Earrings
Lace by Tanaya's entire collection is full of dazzling body jewelry, so it's no surprise that this custom crystal cape paired with Chanel earrings created such an ethereal moment.
Custom Deviant La Vie Lace + Braided Rope Dress
Brittany of De La Vie and Alani Taylor collaborated on this custom lace+rope dress. Originally made for the chess scene, this dress ended up making for one of the most stunning visuals of the entire album.
If this look in particular was familiar to you, you're not alone. Brittany also created a custom braided rope dress for Cardi B's VMA Red Carpet ensemble.
Custom Vrettos Vrettakos x Adam Afkir Metallic Rainbow Stripe Dress, Crystal Neckpiece by Laura Dewitt
Perfectly matching boots to dress to necklace-- and more custom Laura Dewitt!
Custom Mary Katrantzou Layered Organza Ombre Gown
Known for her prints, Mary Katrantzou customized this gorgeous layered organza ruffle gown from her Fall 2019 collection just for Queen B. No stranger to deep colors + rich textures, Beyonce has commissioned several looks from Katrantzou, including a full sequin bodysuit + cape for the Global Citizen's Festival in 2018.
Custom Loza Maleombho Bodysuit + Jacket
Custom L'Enchanteur Godhead Earrings
Maleombho's 2 piece suit was completely re-worked in order to accommodate movement + dance. Hot pants were put together in lieu of slacks, and gussets were added to the arms of the jacket.