Hours before Beyoncé’s highly anticipated Super Bowl performance, designer Rubin Singer revealed that he created a special design she’d wear on stage.
“A Super Style happening behind this walls,” Singer, who has had a five-year designing relationship with the pop star, Tweeted. “Tonight @SuperBowl will be all about team @Beyonce and team @RubinSinger.”
Come showtime, football fans at the New Orleans Superdome went wild as the self-proclaimed “Diva” dramatically popped the collar on her motorcycle jacket and sauntered to center stage in Rubin Singer leather and lace bodysuit and Proenza Schouler boots to the opening swells of “Crazy in Love.”
By the time she finished her complete set, #BeyonceBowl” was trending and Twitter was flooded with commentary on the pop star’s high-energy performance and racy look. “Beyonce’s outfit for Wimbledon. But in white? Hummmmmmm,” Serena Williams mused on her Twitter page (PopStyle vote: notsomuch). “Yes, B. Yes. Roasted that… #KINGBEY,” Tweeted “Suit & Tie” crooner Justin Timberlake. Jay-Z summed up his wife’s performance with the proud Tweet: “Lights out!!! Any questions??”
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NEXT: Destiny’s Child
“Kelly, can you handle this? Michelle can you handle this?”
After Beyoncé worked an intro to her Destiny’s Child bandmates into lyrics to “Bootylicious,” the reunited girl group put on a synchronized performance in coordinating looks — just like old times. Beyoncé and Michelle Williams wore creations by Rubin Singer — the designer also created the matching jackets for 120 backup dancers — while Kelly Rowland worked a custom black leather bodysuit by Emilio Pucci. Kelly — whose new bangs caused some buzz — and Michelle’s hairstylist, Tippi Shorter, tweeted that their “hair was swinging” thanks to Pantene and Aveda, and Beyoncé seemed unfazed by the pyrotechnics as she whipped her long, blonde locks.
NEXT: Alicia Keys
Girl on Fire
“Almost ready to sing at the @Superbowl! Is this football appropriate? Heels are my version of cleets! ;-)#SB47,” Keys, in a red mermaid Azzedine Alaia gown, tweeted before taking her place behind the piano to sing the Star Spangled Banner. Reviews on her performance were mixed, but at least when it came to style, the singer hit a high note.
NEXT: Jennifer Hudson
Backed by the Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus, Jennifer Hudson sang a heart-felt version of “America the Beautiful” in a Monika Chiang top, a L’Wren Scott skirt, and Saint Laurent shoes. The singer and choir members all wore green ribbons in remembrance of the school’s December tragedy.
NEXT: Justin Timberlake
Suit & Tie Live!
Justin Timberlake kept it classy — and wardrobe malfunction-free — at his DIRECTV Super Saturday Night pre-game performance. The singer, who collaborated with designer Tom Ford to create the album artwork and music video for the forthcoming album’s first single, “Suit & Tie,” brought the song to life in a slim-cut tux, oversized tie.
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