The Super Bowl is the biggest moment in the North American sports calendar, attracting well over 100 million viewers. Tonight’s Super Bowl XLVII (47) halftime show almost overshadowed the game thanks to the star power of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Beyoncé performed a medley of some of her biggest hits including her breakout track “Crazy in Love” (but husband Jay-Z did not come out to to rap his parts), “Halo”, “Baby Boy” and “Single Ladies” all within 12 minutes. As expected, former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams reunited with Beyoncé on stage for the spectacle and left promptly once they were dismissed – after all, this was Beyoncé’s show.
Fashion wise, Nike unveiled the Super Bowl uniforms last week but the details of Beyoncé’s performance outfit were much more secretive. It was rumoured that Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci would design for Beyoncé (he created Madonna’s costumes for Super Bowl 46) but the honor went instead to Rubin Singer. Singer, a little known designer based in New York has worked with both Beyoncé and her sister, Solange Knowles, a few times over the past few years. According to the New York Times, apparently Beyoncé and her team saw Singer’s Fall 2013 sketches and pitched for him to work on the Super Bowl.
The final design for Beyonce was a black leather bodysuit with black Chantilly lace, black python and black iguana skin details. The low-cut of the bodice was lined with flesh-toned netting to make sure there were no wardrobe malfunctions ala Janet Jackson for this performance. She also wore flesh tone fishnet stockings and black leather glovettes that went just south of her elbows. Beyonce finished off the look with Proenza Schouler booties and black thigh high socks layered over the fishnets. Singer also had the opportunity to design Michelle’s one-shoulder ensemble with black leather pleated mini-skirt along with black mesh and leather arm warmers. Singer also created all the garments for the 120 back-up dancers and singers.
Kelly Rowland was the only one to opt for a different designer for her black leather outfit. Rowland wore a custom Emilio Pucci black bodysuit with zipper pockets and very deep V and short, black leather glovettes for her performance along with the Proenza Schouler bootie and black socks. The fit was quite sublime on all the ladies, proving they’re all bootylicious and still in great shape.