Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Riccardo: Beyoncé is fun to style

Beyoncé Knowles

Riccardo Tisci wanted to dress Beyoncé Knowles for her latest tour as soon as he saw a short film announcing the news that she was taking to the road with husband Jay Z.

The designer, who currently helms Givenchy, helped create the show stopping looks for Beyoncé's latest tour On the Run, which is a joint musical effort with husband Jay Z.

The superstar design collaboration came about during a fitting for Beyoncé's Met Ball dress for this year's gala, where she attended as Riccardo's guest for the third consecutive year. She showed him a short film announcing her tour with Jay and the partnership began.

"I saw that video and was like, 'Wow.' We started talking about what she might wear. I said straight away: 'OK, it should all be black, American, sexy but lux, couture...' It was exciting, from the gut, like when you're helping a friend getting ready for a party," Riccardo smiled to British magazine Grazia.

The shows kicked off in Miami at the end of June, and feature leather playsuits, revealing bodysuits and a black-and-white dress that is Riccardo's take on the American flag.

"When I met her, she wasn't how I expected her to be. She's very powerful and one of the great icons of our time, but also so sweet and feminine, very gentle and never vulgar," the lauded designer commented.

While Jay is also in the show, he has had little input when it comes to Beyoncé's looks.

Riccardo has dressed him in a black Givenchy tuxedo and American flag T-shirt on stage, but says Jay took a backseat with his wife's costumes.

"He came and said hello to me during fittings and seemed very happy with everything but, I mean, she knows what she wants, she has a pretty strong point of view," he laughed.

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