If it was Beyoncé’s wish to grab the attention – and the headlines – on the opening night of her Mrs. Carter tour, she certainly succeeded.
While her bootylicious body alone is enough to catch the eye – the singer took no chances as she graced the stage in her raciest costume yet.
Beyoncé, 31, stunned concert goers in a gold sequin-encrusted bodysuit adorned with a pair of trompe l’oeil breasts – complete with protruding nipples – as she stormed the stage in Belgrade, Serbia on Monday evening.
Although the singer started her career in clothes designed by mother Tina Knowles, she enlisted the help of some famous friends while putting together the wardrobe for her latest extravaganza.
British designer Julien Macdonald designed pieces for Beyoncé‘s wardrobe.
Likewise, Emilio Pucci creative director Peter Dundas and Dsquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten, and Ralph and Russo are also said to have collaborated with the pop idol.
Footwear impresario Stuart Weitzman contributed the entirety of the dancing diva’s shoes.
After shimmying and strutting in the racy fringe-lined, sequin-covered piece, Beyoncé slipped into a second bodysuit.
He told People magazine:’I’ve been doing shoes for so long for her, we’ve learned what she needs,’ that includes heels ‘of a special width for her to dance on’ rubberized soles ‘so she’s not slippin’ and slidin’ around’ and extra padding inside.
He added: ‘She really is interested in the way the shoe feels on her foot.
‘She absolutely has the impression of not being willing to suffer, no matter how the shoe looks on her foot.’
The singer put Weitzman’s shoes to work as she channeled Wonder Woman in a mesh-paneled bodysuit, which featured gold rope detailing and a PVC trimmed peplum skirt.
The ensemble also included a leather collar and matching wrist cuffs.
Later, a harem of dancers in complementary skirted suits flanked the Single Ladies performer.
A crimson gown fastened at the chest by a gold pendant provided a bold pop of colour to an otherwise monochrome collection.
Meanwhile, a structured white frock with intricate beading elevated the singer to the level of royalty, as she defended her fan-given title of Queen Bey.
Pucci’s influence was evident as Beyoncé stepped onstage wearing a pair of high-waisted silk shorts in a pastel print reminiscent of the Italian house’s iconic Sixties designs.
She paired the shorts with a cropped, beaded jacket in a cool lavender shade.
The outfit was then topped with a wide cloth belt in a tiger stripe print.
Still, black-based bodysuits seem to be the Halo crooner’s go-to ensemble, as she strutted in two more such pieces before ending the evening.
One piece provided full-body coverage, allowing Beyoncé‘s voice to shine as she was illuminated by a single spotlight.
Meanwhile, another star-studded suit featured a waist-cinching belt and accentuated the singer’s shapely legs.
Beyoncé will continue her Mrs. Carter World Tour in Europe and North America through August.
The Crazy In Love hitmaker had been due to play eight English shows starting April 29th and more May, but following popular demand she has now added three more gigs to her tour.
Beyonce’s UK itinerary now includes additional appearances at London’s The O2 on 4 and 5 May, and the Manchester Arena on 9 May.
This brings the pop sensation’s total number of shows in London to six and Manchester to three.
She will also perform two gigs in Birmingham.
The former Destiny’s Child singer will then take a month’s break before returning to the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on 28 June.
Beyonce will end the tour on 3 August in her spouse’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
Earlier on Monday, H&M released its summer campaign featuring the singer, titled Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M.
Beyoncé said of the campaign: ‘I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun and affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind.
‘It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial,’ she continued.