It’s halfway through 2020 and Beyoncé knows just what we all need. The Queen Bey dropped her latest visual album, “Black is King” on Friday, steaming exclusively on Disney+. This is the visual companion to her 2019 “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack and celebrates the “breath and beauty of Black ancestry”.
She has been working on this passion project for the past year, reimagining the story of The Lion King in a modern context as a young boy’s journey of self discovery. The rich history of African customs and traditions manifests itself through beauty and fashion. Beyoncé has made a conscious effort to feature looks from independent Black designers alongside major fashion houses including Balmain, Valentino and Burberry.
Here are some of the best looks in the film from Black designers:
- Loza Maléombho
Based in Côte d’Ivoire, this West African designer has “always stood for an image of African royalty”. Beyoncé emulates this perfectly, strutting around in a black and white structured, geometric jacket, studded with gold hardware.
- Lace by Tanaya
This stunning crystal fringe created by Los Angeles-based designer Tanaya Henry, glitters like a star in the night sky. The crystal cape/dress combo was created over a year ago and finally has its time to shine.
In the opening minutes of Black is King, Beyonce blows us away by wearing a custom crystal-studded bodysuit designed by D.Bleu.Dazzled. Pairing the bodysuit with a diamond-encrusted headdress and sunglasses, this look is the epitome of high fashion.
- Déviant La Vie
Rope dresses are the signature look of Los Angeles-based design house Déviant La Vie. The founder Brittany Duet draws inspiration from bondage and shibari, contributing two rope looks to Black is King.