Beyoncé's shimmy, shake, and "dutty wine" at her Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance Sunday (February 3) was enough to entertain, mesmerize and remind the world that Queen B is a first rate performer. The 12-minute extravaganza, which featured a cameo from fellow Destiny's Child members Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, was so powerful that after the power in the stadium went out following her performance, her husband Jay-Z proclaimed on Twitter, "Lights Out!!! Any questions!?"
Yes, just one: Where was the glamour? For sure, her one-piece costume, created by New York-based designer Rubin Singer, was plenty interesting. The cropped motorcycle jacket with exaggerated shoulders and asymmetrical collar complimented the ruched micro-mini skirt made from nylon, silk and plastic. This first ensemble, with a few flicks of Beyonce's wrist, gave way to a mixed material one-piece handcrafted from exotic skins.
Beyoncé's luxurious, honey-hued hair, which billowed and blew in the wind machines, added to the look and deserved a halftime show of its own. But ultimately, the black-on-black ensemble, echoed by all the dancers on stage, felt one note. Along with that all too familiar line up of songs everything -- from outfit to dance routine -- felt more like an excerpt from Beyonce's Best Performances than the Best Super Bowl Style Spectacular Ever.
But she's the Teflon Diva, able to easily transcend foibles like her Inauguration lip-sync foible, so a less than stunning look can hardly wound her mystique. Instead, it reveals ten interesting things that add to it. Time to find out what they are.
Her outfit was designed by New York based designer, Rubin Singer, whom Knowles' has worked with for the last six years. He's designed several gowns and costumes for the star, who most recently wore Singer's designs during her infamous performance at President Obama's inauguration last month.
She Loves Leotards
The leotard, the figure-hugging one-piece body suit, has been a Beyonce style staple for over four years. She first debuted it in her "Single Ladies" video which debuted in late 2008. Since then, she's worn it in infinite variations: sequined leotards, silken leotards, leather leotards... You get the point.
She Came To Work
Besides the detachable collar and waist coat, there were few bells and whistles to Beyonce's look. Unlike Alicia Keys' va-va voom red gown and Jennifer Hudson's eye-catching L'Wren Scott knee length skirt, it looks like Knowles' was there to get her dance on, not her glam on.
She Cares For Comfort
Towering platforms and stilettos may be red carpet staples for Knowles, but for this strenuous performance she eschewed heels and opted instead for a fairly functional booties with a relatively low heel.
She's Not Scared To Bare All
Wardrobe malfunctions be damned! From the deep V to the barely there lace covering her backside, Knowles wasn't scared to show her incredibly toned post-baby body.
She's A Glamazon, Really
The term, combining "glamour" and "amazon," suggests a fashionista who is bold, daring and almost warrior-like in their fashion choices. This may not echo the style of Knowles' wardrobe, but it sure matches the spirit! Designer Rubin Singer cites mythic war heroine, Valkyrie of Nores as the inspiration for the costume.
She's Not Scared of PETA
Not one, not two, but three kinds of skins were featured in this skimpy costume: python, iguana and leather.
According to Singer, seamstresses assembled, "all of the leather and exotic skins individually by hand." In addition, the piece included functional elements like stretchy panels to allow for flexibility and range of motion. The painstaking process took nearly three months and was spearheaded by Singer who worked closely with Knowles and Beyonce's long-time stylist Ty Hunter to develop the piece.
She Dresses For Her Body
From the plunging neckline to the high-cut body suit, Beyonce dressed to accentuate her toned tummy and thighs. Ditto for Kelly Rowland.
Michelle Williams, the teeniest member of DC, created a fuller figure with a skirt that was as out of sync -- as were her dance moves.
She's Just Like Us
Even during a superstar moment like halftime performance, Knowles can make a fashion faux paux like us mere mortals. Case in point: those black, knee-high socks. Why?