Wasn’t it just about this time last year that the whole world was talking about Beyoncé’s leather-and-lace Superbowl outfit?
That laser-cut Rubin Singer masterpiece was one of the fashion world’s peak moments of 2013 but, predictably, drew howls of complaint from everyone from PETA to parenting groups because, really, who wants to see THAT much skin at a football game?!?
Flash forward one year and not much has changed: Queen Bey still rules and, once again, is the talk around water coolers everywhere after last night’s steamy Grammy performance with husband Jay-Z. The main debating point? Whether the Carters’ version of the rough-sex-on-the-kitchen-floor hit ‘Drunk In Love’ crossed some sort of line, and whether it made Miley‘s VMA escapades seem tame in comparison.
You’ll have no trouble find lots of internet outrage today over the appropriateness of the Grammys’ 8 p.m. opening number (just as there’s no shortage of hate out there today for the brilliant, boundary-busting ‘Same Love’ performance by Macklemore & co. a few hours later.)
Where you won’t find any complaint is from a few fashion brands who got a worldwide showcase last night thanks to Beyoncé‘s edgy mix-and-match lingerie ensemble.
To achieve the look, stylist Ty Hunter paired a customized version of Nichole De Carle‘s Onyx Tuxedo bodysuit with the Gabbie collar-and-cage vest from La Perla‘s recently revived Black Label collection.
The NDC base layer (first photo above) is made from strech silk and powermesh and zips up at the back, while the La Perla cage is actually fashioned from silk-covered ribbon. Both pieces retail for about $500 USD.
“It is a match made in heaven,” said UK designer Nichole de Carle after seeing the piece from her AW2014 range on music’s biggest night. “Talented, beautiful and strong, Beyoncé is the true embodiment of the Nichole de Carle London woman.”
Drawing just as much attention today are Queen Bey‘s tights which, given the limited coverage of the other pieces in the ensemble, played a pivotal strategic role in her energetic performance.
They are reported to be the famous Swarovski-studded Crystal tights debuted last spring by Saint Laurent. That’s Kate Moss, below, in the same pair which cost around $1,200 if you can still find them. (We’re still a bit unconvinced, as Bey’s pair didn’t seem to have the same sparkle; is it possible some poor intern was tasked with stripping out the bling before the show?)
But the more important question for lingerie fans is this: Was Beyoncé‘s romp at the Grammys the new high-water mark for public displays of lingerie-as-outerwear? If so, move over Madonna, step aside Rihanna, begone Lady Gaga: we just may have a new champ.