Miss Bey Catches The Spotlight Again

And you’d think the President, more than 500 guests and big birthday bash for first lady would be enough to get press. But it seems what people are most on about is what Beyoncé was wearing.

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And I guess being a fashion portal we should take notice too.

In a gold Randi Rahm mini, sporting nude patent-leather heels and a mess of Lorraine Schwartz bangles, it was Miss Bey who made the biggest impression on a whole bunch of net news outlets. Certainly the pictures she took were enough to fill Beyonce’s Tumbler page with stuff, as once again the rich and shameless do their best to convince us how much better their lives are. And yes, hubby Jay Z and the couple’s newest edition Blue Ivy was at the party too but it was Beyoncé mostly anyone and everyone was interested in seeing (and seeing lots of her as they did in that dress that showed off the lady’s gams in a spectacular fashion) as she made the scene and even performed six songs.

This is not the first time Beyoncé has stepped out in something provocative, that her appearance at an event is the most important moment of that event, that she has walked into a spot with her child and Jay Z only to catch all the attention, and it won’t be the last. Let’s face it, as much as we all might be interested in catching what a Leonardo DiCaprio or Hugh Jackman are wearing (and in the case of a Jackman it’s sometimes as interesting to catch what he’s not wearing) in the case of world wide fashion couture, be it in clothes, tattoos, hairstyles or jewels, it is the opposite of what old James Brown sang, it is a woman’s world to be sure!

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Beyoncé…Radical?

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The net, Twitter, fans and press are all talking about the new Beyoncé 14-song album. Less the music (no offense, but who has heard enough of the thing to comment yet about the music yet?) it was the way Jay-Z’s lady released her 5th self-titled release that made news and might be what truly pushes this bunch of music to popularity. In one fell swoop Queen Bey went well beyond the fashion of the times and simply threw the album (if one can really call music released in this day and age an ‘album’) out across iTunes with nary a teaser, press or product tie-in.

(In an interesting twist Target is refusing the carry the release saying that though they “have appreciated partnering with Beyoncé in the past,” that her all-digital out-of-the-box move lessens Target’s approach of “primarily focused on offering CDs that will be available in a physical format at the same time as all other formats.”

What the lady did do, that’s indeed very fashionable, was to make a video for each song and get very fashionable indeed with each video.

In many outfits, working through a bunch of themes (some broad satire, other serious fun, still others very ‘artsy’ indeed) and keeping all she did secret until just this past week, Beyoncé uses her stylists, dressers, dancers but mostly herself to give us the full range of her visual sense. What we see in the videos are: the lady in a shimmery bling-licious bikini; wearing a white ‘Harness by Hervé Léger’ in the song “Grown Woman”; sporting a yellow Miss America one-piece in “Pretty Hurts” (and some sci-fi-like silver in the same video); outfitted in zebra stripes and orange hair; wearing ‘vintage’ DKNY in the video for “Blow”…and this is just a few of the couture looks the lady sports.

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Just dropping the release on the public as she did, with no pre-selling, no round of interviews about it, no true press to speak of until after the fact (and not so much from the lady herself even with the music/videos out now) many are seeing this move from Beyoncé as a radical one to be sure. If this all converts to sales is yet to be seen, but it is assuredly an interesting approach.

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To Be Beyoncé For A Day

There’s no mistaking the connection between fashion and pop-ular music. It’s been there from the days of Elvis’ first gyrations to Carnaby-street frockery in mid-60’s London, to the glam styles of Bowie and his ilk in the 70’s, Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson a decade later and right up to now with those new pics of indie rocker Christopher Owens taken by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent Paris.

No one will ever accuse super popular songstress Beyoncé of not styling every second of her day, but when the lady and Jay-Z-and their new baby Blue Ivey-were all spotted recently on her vacation, as well as her b’day celebration, wouldn’t you know magazines not only reported the sightings and showed the pics, but to be sure we found out right quick about the lady’s cute little shorts outfit (along with a $500 dollar Jil Sander Varsity Lettered Sweater) and then her Gucci Oshibana Print Gathered Pants and ultra-cool Ray Bans.

Sure the Beyoncé’s, Madonna’s, Lenny Kravitz’s of this world (even pop/rock stars seemingly not so concerned with fashion like Bruce Springsteen) are aware that when they step out in public they invite scrutiny as well as paparazzi. As my dear old dad is fond of opining, being in the public eye is part of a celebrity’s job, I just wonder who is ultra aware of what they are wearing and who just dresses super cool because they can afford to and like the clothes?

Or is it in Beyonce’’s case a matter of all these factors together?

Either way, we like watching our hippest, handsomest, most talented (or at least most popular) act as human clothes racks for us. It gives us a chance to dream, ‘what if I was in their place’ and a perfect opportunity for new fashions to get a good public airing.

Rihanna In Fetish Clothes

Erik von Gutenberg recommends Rihanna. She already had fetish clothes on, as early as 2007 at a Toronto concert! She simply rocks and looks awesome!

Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian recording artist and model. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.

In 2005, Rihanna released her debut studio album, Music of the Sun, which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single “Pon de Replay”. Less than a year later, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart, and produced her first US number one hit single, “SOS”, as well as Billboard Hot 100 top ten entries “Unfaithful” and “Break It Off”. Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, featured five top ten hits including three US number one hit singles—”Umbrella”,  “Take a Bow” and “Disturbia” —and the worldwide hit “Don’t Stop the Music” . The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella,” which features Jay-Z. Her fourth studio album, Rated R, was released in November 2009.

Rihanna has sold over 12 million records, worldwide in her four-year career span and has received several accolades, including the 2007 World Music Awards  for World’s Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year, as well as the 2008 American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. Rihanna has attained five Hot 100 number one singles, becoming the first of two female artists, joint with Beyoncé, with the most number ones attained within the 2000s. She also serves as one of Barbados’ honorary cultural ambassadors

Her official website: http://www.rihannanow.com/

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Source: http://www.hollywoodbackwash.com/rihanna-in-fetish-clothes-at-toronto-concert/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rihanna