When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s one sweet and sour lesson we learned from Beyonce per her latest visual album, Lemonade. Over the weekend, the pop star released her sixth studio album on HBO and as expected, the Internet exploded. The artful film strings together recites of spoken word by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire (narrated by Beyoncé) and were separated into the following themes: Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgiveness, Resurrection, Redemption/ Hope. Alongside the powerful images on display, Queen Bey’s choice of clothes serves as a conduit for her provocative messages.
Moments into the opening scene of the film, as “Pray You Catch Me” plays, Beyonce’s sartorial style plays into the mood of the song (she wears a black hooded jacket over a ruffled dress and turban, also in black). Like her last self-titled visual album, Beyonce worked with frequent collaborator and stylist, Marni Senofonte (who previously created the looks for “Formation”, “Feeling Myself” and “7/11”) for the style direction. Throughout the near hour-long feature, Beyonce struts in a canary yellow Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli dress while smashing car windows’ with a baseball hat, dons a Yeezy crop top and leggings with a Hood By Air fur coat in midriff length cornrows, and plays Voodoo priestess while twirling a light bulb around a crowded room of female disciples while in a textured Nicolas Jebran dress. To the delight of many, Beyonce is not the only style star in the film. The entertainer enlisted Serena Williams, Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya, actress Quvenzhané Wallis, “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Winnie Harlow and Jay-Z for appearances (most of the women wearing high end couture and Southern gothic looks). However, out of all the appearances, none were as poignant as those of the mothers of slain men Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who were treated cameos in one of the final sequences in the film.
Ever provocative and always evolving, Beyonce’s style – just like her artistry – is on full display in Lemonade, and we’re so delighted by its sweet nectar.
Scroll below to browse the fashion highlights from “Lemonade”.
In a Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli dress and Saint Laurent platforms.
In a Yeezy crop top and leggings and Hood By Air fur coat.
In a Yousef Al Jasmi bodysuit and Serena Williams in Brandon Maxwell leotard.
In a leather cone Zana Bayne bra and Maxior earrings.
In a custom Nicolas Jebran dress.
In a Gucci jacket and shirt.
In a Mara Lucia Hohan dress.
In a Rosie Assoulin swing top.
Photo Credits: Screen Grabs from “Lemonade”