WERQ: Beyonce in Elie Saab Couture

Posted on February 18, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, Beyonce:


Beyonce Knowles attends ‘Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream’ New York Premiere in New York City in an Elie Saab couture gown accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Elie Saab Spring 2013 Couture Collection/Model: Kasia Struss (WOMEN)

Nothing wrong with that.


[Photo Credit: Getty, Laurence Agron/PR Photos, style.com]

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  • Andrew Schroeder

    God save the queen.

  • Sam Corbett

    Love most of it, but the bodice reminds me uncomfortably of photocopying boobs on the office Xerox machine…

  • appliquer

    Love the fabric, but really am not liking the bodice.

    • Alyssa

      Ditto…not supremely flattering to her figure.

    • barbarienne

       Right with you. The tit-window is just a bit too wide. It makes it look like her breasts had an argument and aren’t speaking to each other.

    • sojourneryouth

       I agree.  I think this works best on pretty flat chests, which is why it works really well on the model.  On Bey, it looks like her boobs are too far apart.

    • JimMcC

       Beyonce Knowles and the Curious Case of Too Much Tit

  • Ok, I get that she has a killer body, but I definitely don’t like this dress. I think the front panel on her cleavage is really awkward.  But her hair and make up is lovely.

  • laddie103

    Is it de riguer now to have brown roots with blonde hair?

    •  I hope not. It’s not like that’s a little bit of root. That’s a solid inch of root. I’m not okay with that and Bey shouldn’t be either.

      • megohd

        I, on the other hand, hope so. I’m rocking a good inch of brown roots, and I can’t afford to get my highlights redone till next month. If it’s good enough for Bey …

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I saw some mention within the past week referring to this look as “ombre,” which I think is making a silk purse out of the sow’s ear that is failing to touch up the roots.  I think it looks tacky.

      • filmcricket

        That’s not ombre. Look at Drew Barrymore’s hair from about a year ago: that’s ombre. This is just roots.

        • DeborahJozayt

          I think NDC is saying that others are defending Bey’s roots as ombre even though it should be called for what it is, Shakira Roots. 

          • adnama79

            Shakira, JLo, Beyonce – apparently there is some point where singers are told, “Now that you are approaching megastardom, you have to go blonde.  And maybe get some blue contacts.”

          • DeborahJozayt

            Because being true to yourself is so overrated!

      • Um, it’s a weave. 

      • Rand Ortega

         Hi NDC! Word. The only roots that should be seen are at the bottom of trees & in books by Alex Haley.
        (PS: Bro’s brain lesions have shrunk considerably! Looks like the Gamma Knife is working!)

      •  I believe most are referring to lighter ends via the balayage method of freehand highlighting the ends and leaving roots but in that case it is very well blended with no apparent “root.”

      • Elaine Lang

         I get that this isn’t true “Ombre,” but I agree that even good “ombre” looks like growing-out-highlights to me.

    • conniemd

       First thing I noticed was the boobies and bodice. 2nd thing was the very dark roots. I was always taught if you are going to go back to your natural color, dye your hair a match to the roots.

      • I think bright photo lights overemphasize dark roots, also. Stars should remember this and not take what they see in the mirror as gospel. In pix they will always look darker.

    • Lady celebs have been sporting the roots for a while now. I may never get used to it.

    • shelley514

      Well first off, this is not Beyonce’s real hair, it’s a lace front wig.  And yes, an inch of dark roots is exactly the look she is going for here.  Some of yall need to mosey on over to black blog sites and catch up on beauty and hair trends of women of color.  Or just stop commenting on areas with which you haven’t educated yourselves.


       I dunno, but I assure you, that is not her hair.

  • The open space in the bodice seems really wide to me. Also, I still don’t understand the Shakira-style roots. 

    • This. Cleavage is attractive/sexy; wide expanse of sternum is NOT. Ever. Apparently this is not the common perception.

      • 3boysful

         I’m thinking about how difficult the deployment of tape must’ve been, keeping those little strips of fabric exactly in place.

        • DinaSews

          I think the ‘sheer’ fabric under the boobs is not really sheer.  It looks like a darker color which leads me to believe it is moleskin, maybe? I used it a lot in dance costumes to give the illusion of sheer.  The spaces are small enough here that it may work.  Since the cleavage is also covered, she may not have even needed tape.

  • That is not a pretty dress.

    • Borderline vulgar.  And that center part in her hair is making my eyes twitch.

  • capybara_cafe

    It just doesn’t really do anything for her. It’s not horrible, but I don’t think it’s wonderful, either.

  • lbl

    I thought her Grammy look was more of a work than this. The makeup is nice, but I don’t really like anything else about this look.

  • alyce1213

    Didn’t try the dress on with bright lights.

    • Kristin McNamara

      To what part(s) of her body are you referring? Boobs or nethers? I don’t see anything NC-17 rated…

      • alyce1213


  • MilaXX

    It’s Bey serving Beyonce realness, what else did you expect?

    • Rand Ortega

      Could that be a bit of an oxymoron, MilaXX? She’s so spit shined & polished to present the image of manufactured perfection, is there any realness? Or is “Beyonce realness” a unique type or category of realness unto itself?
      Personally, I leave the realness moniker to Solange. : )

      • MilaXX

        Spit shined & polished to present the image of manufactured perfection is Beyonce the performer. I doubt we will ever see anything else. I’m okay with that for what it is. Solange on the other hand has manged to forge her own way in large part to not be as prominent in the public eye.

  • snarkykitten

    someone explain showing your roots when it’s a weave? is that a weave?

  • Where’s little sister?

  • butterflysunita

    She looks gorgeous and can definitely werq the sparkle.  On the other hand, I’m not sure this is her dress.  On a flat-chested model, it is lovely and ethereal.  On a woman with a figure, the bodice is sort of awkward.  

    • 3boysful

       I agree–the bodice looks too short for her, probably for your stated reason.   Also, her tummy looks a bit soft, and don’t get me wrong, she looks better than I, or 99.9% of the population of mothers who’ve recently given birth, but if one choses to wear a nearly nude dress, you probably want to be perfect.

  • center side-boob? anyway, waaaaay too much mammary information…

    • zenobar

       I know…it’s so Samantha-Foxx-Tawny-Kitaen-Bad-80s.  She deserves better than this.

  • Not feeling the hair color (and it may be a little bit too flat), but DAMN, GURL

  • zenobar

    …but why, WHY would one want to look like they’re wearing boobspenders?

  • Annabelle Archer

    Ummmm….no, it isn’t.
    I’m pretty sure I can see her beav. I know I can see too much smooshed side boob. That hair is beneath a billionaire. And that pink lip is not her friend. Wholly unflattering.

    • conniemd

       My second time scrolling through the pictures, it definitely looked like in the one next to the bottom there was a distinctly dark cast to the beaver area under the dress.

      Don’t get the WERQ at all, though I think the dress is spectactular


  • Sara__B

    Her breasts have almost succeeded in escaping from their bejeweled cage.

  • colleenjanel

    I reached full Beyonce saturation point about 6 weeks ago. She needs to go away for a while.
    And I find that dress (and the roots) rather tacky. 

  • I am so glad that she stopped letting her mother dress her. 

  • Also, you can only wear a dress like this if you have very little bust.  So go Ms. B.  Cause, I could not wear this dress.

  • SugarSnap108

    Hmmm, I have to disagree and say there’s def something wrong with that.  This is yet another dress not designed for women larger than an A cup.  It looks like her breasts are pushing against sparkly prison bars.  And I may be wrong, but I think I spy hoo-ha.  Even if I’m wrong, the hint of hoo-ha ruins a dress for me.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I agree.  It’s like the Katy Perry Grammy dress – the dress is made to be worn by a woman with a much smaller bust than this. So the front of the dress is straining in an effort to show off the boobs.

  • I really dislike the bodice. She looks flat-chested and too broad. It’s a vey nice dress that highlights her hips and thighs nicely, it brings out her complexion but still…. it is so not her dress. Her hair is nice, I don’t mind her roots, her make up is lovely and fresh. All in all, this is not WERQ-worthy. Girl pack this dress, send this dress to Natalie Portman and then send your stylists on fire. But keep the hair and make-up people!

  • Susan Crawford

    Yet another pretty woman wearing that hideous pink/neon lipstick. We must identify the cabal of cosmeticians pushing this trend and stop them. The dress as seen on the runway model was pretty, if typical, Elie Saab. On Beyoncé, with her womanly boobs and hips, it looks perilously Kardashian. She can do SO much better.

    • PeaceBang

      Perilously Kardashian needs to be someone’s drag name, stat.

      • Susan Crawford

        Agreed! Wanna toss for it? I’m ready for a change from my original drag name: Cricket Greenwich (First dog + Childhood street name). In my next life, I SO want to be a drag queen!

  • BPlease

    That arm pose – beloved by many other than Beyonce – looks so damned stupid, and I maintain it does nothing to make the upper arm actually look smaller.  No ma’am, it does not.  

  • Sobaika

    Surprised at some of the comments – I think she looks amazing, certainly a werq. She looks good and she knows it.

    • ashtangajunkie

      I wholeheartedly agree. She looks like a million.

  • frannyprof

    I hate the way she’s posing. But she looks gorgeous.

  • sekushinonyanko

     i  looked at this and said out loud “this makes her boobs look so stupid.” There are such weird and silly things happening in the chest area with all the glitter and illusion netting and sequins.

  • I just don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of that much sternum showing.

  • This doesn’t WERQ at all. Is that why you gave us a few words Tlo? 

  • the armpit in the first photo is gross! 

  • warnerave

    werq????? seriously????

  • BAM! I love the lighter eye makeup. That dress is stunning on her!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    apparently no time for a root touch up??..

  • Call me Bee

    Well–yeah she looks really pretty, but to me this is a bit vulgar.  But then, I’m just really crabby tonight. 

  • oldbobbydraper

    her hair is so godawful, it’s painful to look at her.

  • Valerie Jones

    Wow, the kittens are irritable this evening.  I can ignore the hair this once, she can play the mommy card.  The mommy-who-has-to-appear-at-the-inauguration/super bowl/grammys/premiere-of-my-film/can’t-we-just-have-pizza-tonight card. I really like this dress on her.

    • PaulaBerman

      That begs the question of why she needs to be a blonde in the first place.

    • grouchywif

       Clairol sells a ten minute root touch-up kit available at most drug stores and supermarkets. Even mommies (and especially mommies with nannies) have time for that.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t really love it but it’s still a major WERQ…. somehow the plain hair works here too – usually too casual but not here… she is gorgeous and that is definitely her dress

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Lately I’m having a hard time telling her apart from JLo.

  • understateddiva

    I have to admit I gay-gasped when I saw this.  

  • Pterodactyl111

    I don’t like her hair. Visible roots have got to go.

  • Beyonce: Better than us.

  • formerlyAnon

    I will concede the WERQ because she definitely maintains her reputation in my mind as an exceptionally beautiful woman, and she’s queening it, in a benevolent way, over the room on that red carpet. Yes, despite the fact that I am lukewarm about the dress, dislike the intentional inch-and-a-half of roots trend and HATE that fried, over-colored, over-processed blond look which I have to believe is intentional though it stretches my credulity.

  • quiltrx

    It actually hangs a little better on someone with less BAM!–but it’s a gorgeous gown.

  • I am so tired of ladystars posing like Peter Pan. We get it. You don’t want your arms to squish.

  • kikisayshi

    Oh, man! I hate to disagree with a BeyWERQ, but I just don’t like what’s going on with the boobs. The first photo is like, WHAM! they’re being pulled in all different directions! Aside from that, she is fabulous as always. 

  • Noelle Haland

    She looks absolutely gorgeous. Wow.

  • Monday1900

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Beyonce’s clavicle! 

    Pretty dress but she’s too busty for it, it looks vulgar.  Her makeup is stunning though.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, God, no.

  • This is undoubtedly an unpopular opinion, but I hate her hair. The dress, though, certainly is sparkly.

  • Not feeling the WERQ.

  • elemspbee

    Really? This is a WERQ? Her face, yes. 

  • Kimis

    I was expecting something more exciting when I saw the WERQ heading. She looks gorgeous without a doubt but this just the typical Beyonce that we have seen for years now. I also think the dress would look better on someone with a smaller bust like Zoe Saldana. 

  • wawawah

    NO, NO, NO!

  • Her butt looks awesome! And I love that she blinged out her ears.

  • beebee10

    too hoochie

  • PeaceBang

    Begging to differ, I see a few things “wrong with that.” First of all, it looks like the dress (and especially the illusion netting on the chest) will fall to hell on her if she brings her arms down and relaxes them, hence the extreme batwing pose. And her hair is REALLY bad. I love and admire this kid like crazy but as glorious as she is I wouldn’t call this a WERQ. Too showgirl. 

  • She looks gorgeous!

  • I really dislike this look, and is it just me or is she looking a lot like Shakira here?

  • glennethph

    It’s like her boobs blasted their way to freedom, only to be caught by a sparkly net.

  • Joey Melliza

    GURL THIS IS NOT YOUR DRESS… really – the bodice looks like some sort of weird glammy S&M thingie gone terribly, terribly wrong 

  • Oh honey, it’s making you look wider than a dump truck. Also, just because that teen pop starlet Justin Bieber made a movie doesn’t mean everyone should do the same. Katy Perry, I’m talking to you as well.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I just hate the way that “blonde” (it looks more orange to me) hair color clashes with her skin and cheapens her outfits.

  • elleg929

    Meh.  The bodice is wonky.  Don’t really understand the Beyonce love.

  • miagain

    the bodice ruins it for me… sure it isn’t on backwards?

  • You know why she’s standing with her elbows out? Because the dress is probably scratching the crap out of her underarms!

  • Susan Collier

    It has a real Nomi Malone feel to it.

  • insertclevername_ici

    this is not a WERQ. lipstick is a terrible color for this look. Her pose is awkward, presumably to avoid a wardrobe malfunction, to which her face reveals a painful awareness. 

    She is always gorgeous and well presented. but this is no werq for beyonce. Sorry gentlemen, I just don’t agree. 

  • Don’t love the face and hair here. The dress is perfect.

  • 909girl601world

    Not a WERQ.  Pretty on the slim model, just odd looking on B.

  • Three snaps in a Z formation.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    She’s definitely got a boob tape fetish.

  • JaneDC

    When I first saw the bodice on her I could not for the life of me figure out what was going on there.

  • B_C_J

    Beyonce is too big in the bust to wear this dress. On the model it looks elegant. On Beyonce it looks (I hate to say it) vulgar. The rest of the dress is lovely, but it fails as a whole because all it does is draw your attention to her chest and not in a good way. 

  • Indigo54

    I think she looks FABULOUS! Much better than that flat chested, no curves model.  

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Everything about her screams “That’s right, bitches.”

  • Judy_J

    Sorry, I just don’t really like this.  I have serious issues with the bodice.  Her breasts look almost painted on, if that is possible.

  • MoHub

    WERQ? Really? Not with that bodice.

  • shanteUstay

    On someone not so curvaceous like the model it looks fab, but Bey’s busty stature makes this vaguely pornstarish to me.
    Am I alone in this thought?

    • meowing

      You’re not alone.  It works when the lady has no bust/no booty.  Otherwise, it’s more than a bit trashy.  Sorry, guys.

  • lalahartma

    I just can’t with that boobage.  And the mysterious dark crotch area.  And what about the dirty dingy old bra color of the dress?

  • stubbornthoughts

    Nope. Not feeling that bodice on Bey. The side profile is fabulous but the full frontal is not doing anything for me. Makes her chesticles look fall a part and wide. Hair and makeup are GORG, though.

  • No.

  • Judi Townsend

    Her dress represents the Beyonce Overexposure that is happened in the last 30 days – inauguration, Super Bowl, Vogue Cover and now the HBO special. TOO MUCH! And I like Beyonce but I am getting overdosed by her overexposure

    • Susan Collier

       Don’t forget about the NBA All-Stars in Houston this past weekend…

    • I think it’s been steadily increasing ever since she announced, in a spectacularly-not-subtle fashion, her pregnancy.  Now that she’s a mother, apparently we need to really “know” her as a person.  Don’t.  Care.  Never.  Did.

  • Zippypie

    I can’t agree and it’s not her, it’s the dress.  I just hate the illusion netting with the giant vacancy sign between the boobage.  It does not flatter a woman’s body and makes her breasts look like they live at opposite ends of the island.  Trashy, not classy.  I have yet to see a celeb pull it off yet this season.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp


  • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

    I feel this is a dress that works better with smaller boobs.

  • Mazenderan

    Her makeup is really fresh and pretty here, but I don’t like that dress.  On a flat-chested model, the bodice has a 1920s thing going on.  On a busty girl, it looks like glittery bands strategically placed to hide nipples.

  • Janet B

    I love the dress on the model, on Beyonce it’s too much chest. She does look beautiful and sexy, because she’s naturally pretty not because of anything she’s wearing.

    I don’t understand her hair. I always assumed she was wearing a wig or weave or something, why does she have so much brown root? She at the premiere of her movie shouldn’t her hair be nearly perfect?

  • pop_top

    Does the dress have boob cups? They look well supported.
    Her silhouette looks great, but I can’t support that lip stick. It clashes too much with her look for me, though the color itself works on her.
    I prefer the dress on the model – it looks like that version of the dress has a longer top portion that doesn’t emphasize the breast as much. Since Beyonce has bigger breasts, the shortened top portion really just draws your eyes to the space in the between them.  

  • Man her makeup is a thing of beauty here: fresh, flattering, and with just the right amount.  Her makeup man/woman gets the “Werq” for me while the dress, while nice, does not.  Bey’s got a bit too much body for this sort of dress and it’s not serving her as well as it is the model.  (The hair is alright I guess but quite uninspired for me.)

  • libraangel

    Hell yes, but girl, you need root touch-up: that ain’t ombre!

  • enonymous

    Is anyone as sick of this woman as I am?

    • ME, ME, ME, ME!!!!  And now there’s a program ALL about her & her life-exactly what is needed for someone as under-publicized as she.  ~~~~O  ~~~~O [Liz Lemon MAJOR eyeroll]

    • Yes. And I loved her. But the reason I always did was because she was so fiercely private. Now she’s jumped on the bandwagon, and after the comments she made in GQ about “I’m more powerful than my mind can digest and understand”…that was the final nail in the coffin for me even before the publicity blitz. 


    I’m so sorry but I must disagree.  She is WAY to busty for that bodice.  It goes vulgar, imho.

  • melanie0866

    Except the stripe of dark roots on her head.

  • The roots and the lipstick…stop this WERQ dead. Oh Beyonce, you are definitely better than that. 

  • Anniebet

    Great dress, too many boobs. And FFS, dark roots drive me nuts.  

  • guest2visits

    Wincing alittle; very pretty but dangerously close to Mariah Carey’s eternal big bust dresses. Don’t go there B.

  • PinkLemon


  • lrhoff

    This so NOT a WERQ for me.  Seriously?  Oh boys….I’m worried about you.

  • kathrineb

    She’s a rich superstar. Re-growth not acceptable!

  • Nancy Dunn

    I think this is a stripper gown. I hate the nip slip worry.

  • bringbackbeatles

    I see a lot of people don’t like this, but I totally get it. I think she looks stunning! The dress looks better on her than model because of her beautiful skin tone. The model’s skin is also beautiful, but too close to color of the dress. I also love the earrings and the make up, which feels very youthful and fresh to me. For some reason, even the roots don’t bother me that much.