Ever since Beyoncé dropped the visuals for her album, Black Is King, on 31 July,
Life as we know it has not been the same.
Queen BEY seriously surpassed her last two visual albums with this one
maybe because now more than ever the world needs that celebration of the “breadth and beauty of Black ancestry”
From animal prints to nearly impossible accessories
Bey slayed to smithereens courtesy her long-time stylist Zerina Akers and we have detailed all the designers and black-owned brands she uplifted throughout the body of work.
Beyoncé On BLACK IS KING
With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.”
Black Designers Who Styled BLACK IS KING
Look 1: 5:31 Jerôme
The first look is 5:31 Jerôme.
Boasting a stellar portfolio, this Bronx-native enjoyed a nod in the right direction courtesy Tina Knowles-Lawson who celebrated him as one to watch in 2013.
The fashion prodigy known as Jerome Lamaar seamlessly executed his role
as head designer for Kimora Lee Simmons’ Baby Phat line
(all the while being a teenager)
Now he is a force to reckon with, and he describes his womenswear label as a playful luxury streetwear collection fusing embellishments, maximalism, and glam.
Beyoncé is pictured in a green bodysuit custom made for her by JL.
Look 2: Tongoro Studio
Secondly, we are spotlighting Tongoro Studio.
The Cote D’Ivorienne native is consistently challenging herself through her West African based business.
The brand is synonymous with fitting Beyoncé in stunning prints and bold patterns.
TS came through for Queen Bey in the Spirit music video
and on many romantic getaways with Jay,
she’s sported the Lagos Fashion Week accredited label for her holiday wardrobe.
Therefore, no one was surprised that she included the black-owned brand
once again for BLACK IS KING
Look 3: LACE BY TANAYA
Thirdly, we have Lace By Tanaya.
LBT is an urban streetwear-inspired jewelry designer who has been slowly honing her craft of making super sexy, body jewelry, and bejeweled custom pieces for an elite fan base.
— Tanaya Henry (@THETANAYASHOW) July 20, 2020
Proving that patience is a virtue…Lace By Tanaya constructed this diamanté fringed dress a whole year ago
yet Beyoncé only just rocked the piece now for BLACK IS KING.
Look 4: Loza Maleohombo
Fierce and fabulous is what Beyoncé showcased in this monochromatic bodysuit and puff shouldered blazer by black owned brand LOZA MALEOMBHO
Paired expertly with gold accessories, eccentric glasses, and a Bantu meets braided blonde hair look,
This look was a win from start to finish.
Look 5: Levenity
Dallas based-Haitian bornVenny Etienne is the mastermind behind LEVENITY, the label.
He gave queen Bey (in her Already video with Shatta Wale) warm-toned floral patterns with a bit of structure and just like that,
this black designer is now poised for greatness.
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(long post) The queen herself @beyonce in a CUSTOM @levenity jacket for #BlackIsKing visual album on @disneyplus. Styled by: @zerinaakers Design Assistants: @fashionmeali @barajaselena . . I’ve been waiting for this particular moment and it’s finally here. Zerina thank you sooo much for this opportunity!!! Do ya know on average how many No’s I get on a regular?? At this point I look for No’s because it’s a testament of me seeking for the hard to reach opportunities. If you’re getting too many “Yes” in journey then you’re not reaching high enough. I DARE you to reach for the “No” opportunities because ALLLL it takes is for ONE yes, for that ONE person to TRULY believe in you for your whole trajectory to change. Be encouraged don’t stop reaching or believing. My team Aliyah and Elena worked non-stop one day working 44 hrs straight to get this done. Seeing Beyonce in my garment represents soooo much more than me. It represents Marlboro projects in Brooklyn, NY where I grew up, represents my Haitian culture, represents Dallas, TX where I live now! And guess what….there is sooooo much more to come. And I’m saying this not knowing exactly what or when it will be, but this faith thing really works. And I am a firm believer of speaking things into existence. Let this be the motivation for you to continue to grind and remember black excellence is a form of protest.
I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul…
By: Joan K. Vincent-Otiono