UNIQUE! That’s certainly the best way to describe the fashion featured in Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour, which kicked off in Stockholm on Wednesday. The first stop of the 57-show tour featured the singer performing in a dizzying array of club-ready couture creations.
Light and color were prominent motifs throughout the first show, with multiple outfits featuring holographic or reflective treatments that masterfully adapt the album’s visual aesthetic for a stadium setting. Beyoncé hasn’t been on tour in almost five years but is still ever the showgirl when it comes to her performance attire. There was a dress that changes color when exposed to UV light. Fans immediately guessed that it’s by the Japanese brand Anrealage—which showcased a similar viral-primed moment in its fall 2023 show. A Jonathan Anderson-designed Loewe bejeweled bodysuit, adapted from a look featured in the brand’s fall 2022 collection, featured pairs provocatively positioned arms with red nails. It felt reminiscent of another cheeky, body-con piece, designed by The Blondes, Bey wore for a previous tour in 2013.
A custom Balmain, designed by Olivier Rousteing featured a corset designed entirely out of pearls. The new look tapped into the same brand of ballroom-minded codes as the buzzy couture collab Rousteing and Beyoncé debuted earlier this season. (Although, surprisingly, none of those one-of-one looks were featured in tonight’s show—but there are 56 more stops on the tour for it to appear.) London-based fashion designer David Koma, who previously crafted a buzzy tennis ball-yellow gown for Bey, created a wrap holographic dress for the singer.
And the greatest accessory of the night? Undoubtedly the giant, Studio 54-esque sequined horse Beyoncé flew around on for the show’s epic finale. Though, the spring 1997 Mugler-inspired antennae she wore with a custom Casey Cadwallader-designed bodysuit was a close second.