Beyoncé’s seventh album Renaissance was down last week with 1 million and 1 considerations and analysis. We’re no music critics, but we think the album’s rollout offers an interesting look at what’s in it and what the culture cares about. It’s been called a thing, but fashion still permeates the lyrics.
On “Heated,” she sings, “I got a lot of bands/I got a lot of Chanel” and later, “I got a lot of styles/I got a lot of Tiffany’s.” added. Of course, the luxury brand making a name for itself as an abbreviation for wealth and status is nothing new.On the album’s closing song, “Summer Renaissance,” she quips “Versace, Bottega, Prada, Balenciaga, Vuitton, Dior, Givenchy.” A brand that is now part of pop culture. No matter where you live in the world, you will be familiar with these names. Even if you don’t know who the creative designers are, you can understand what they stand for: luxury, taste, celebrity, fashion (Yes, capital F in italics).
There’s also a visual element to the album, which is almost as important as the music itself, as this is Beyoncé we’re talking about, but the images tell a slightly different story than the songs. and, perhaps more importantly, what the culture understands as communicating forward-looking style today. The bodysuit is not from a luxury brand, but was created by Florida-born, Los Angeles-based artist Nusi Quero. She also enlisted Giannina Azar and Natalia Fedner. trendcreating the body chain that has become iconic for this new visual persona.
Red carpet mainstays Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana are mixed, but so are emerging stars Christopher John Rogers and the recently revived Parisian Maisons of Schiaparelli and Alaia by creative directors Daniel Rosebery and Peter Murier. CJR, Schiap, and Alaia have become abbreviations for the new energy of the “if you know, you know” topic. Their visual dictionary is synonymous with today’s most fashionable IT girls and celebrities. Beyoncé has worn the Schiaparelli repeatedly since Rosebery’s 2019 debut, and was also seen wearing by Christopher John Rogers.