One of Beyonce's costumes (designed by Nicola Formichetti for Diesel), included a denim outfit made from the company's patented Jogg Jean material, accented with hand-applied hardware and studwork, Swarovski crystal elements and black leather accessories. Photo: Getty
Beyonce and Jay Z kicked off their On the Run tour in Miami on Wednesday night, and Bey's wardrobe seemed to be the third star of the show.
"What an impressive array of leotards and catsuits that woman has!" reviewer Leila Cobo wrote for Billboard.
"The show is worth it just for Beyonce's ensembles," Erica K. Landau wrote at USA Today.
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Beyonce: the queen of the costume. Photo: Kevin Mazur
Oh, reviewers did like other things about the show, which featured 42 songs spanning the couple's solo careers as well as their collaborations.
But almost every review I've found also uses the word "jaw-dropping" to describe Beyonce's wardrobe changes.
The internet has - predictably - gone berserk over Beyonce's backside-baring leotard. Photo: Twitter
Among the most impressive is the Atelier Versace custom bodysuit she wore to start the show. It featured a plunging neckline with zipper detail and black netting that matched a Versace net headpiece that covered her hair and face. (And reminded me of something Lady Gaga might wear.)
A second Versace appeared later in the show: a long-sleeved bodysuit from the prefall 2014 collection featuring a pattern involving leopard print, Medusa heads and Greek keys.
There were also a custom Alexander Wang "bondage body suit" and several looks designed by Nicola Formichetti for Diesel, including a denim outfit made from the company's patented Jogg Jean material, accented with hand-applied hardware and studwork, Swarovski crystal elements and black leather accessories.
And if those bodysuits weren't enough to demonstrate Bey's body confidence, she performed another number in a thong leotard that put her bare rear end on display in a kind of cage-like cutout, a "somewhat disorienting look," Erica Schwiegershausen wrote at the Cut blog.
It was no surprise that this rump-revealing outfit garnered plenty of media attention.
Other outfits included a red-sequined jumpsuit, a bridal ensemble, a leather romper and thigh-high boots, and a gown designed to look like a black-and-white U.S. flag. "She was a one-woman 'Elle' up there," wrote Daniel Kreps for Rolling Stone.
Indeed, we'd expect nothing less.