Beyoncé in Zuhair Murad and Nicolas Jebran at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Posted on August 25, 2014

Miss Bey owned the night last night. Like a good diva and entertainer, she dressed the part. Then again, she always dresses the part. But how she dresses does not, in fact, make her very discussable on a style level a lot of the times. No risks were taken last night and the looks were right out of the Beyonce playbook. These are not criticisms. The reason she’s become this generation’s primary star entertainer is because she thinks like an entertainer all the time. Everything Beyonce wears in public is stagewear. And because she’s so consistent with her image management, that off-the-stage stagewear tends to follow certain guidelines.


Beyonce-2014-Video-Music-Awards-VMAs-Red-Carpet-Nicolas-Jebran-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Beyoncé Knowles attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California in a Nicolas Jebran couture gown accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Beyonce-2014-Video-Music-Awards-VMAs-Red-Carpet-Nicolas-Jebran-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Nicolas Jebran Fall 2014 Couture Collection

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Black, beaded skin-tight and partially sheer, or …



Beyonce-2014-Video-Music-Awards-VMAs-Red-Carpet-Zuhair-Murad-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Beyoncé in the press room of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum in Los Angeles, California in a Zuhair Murad gown accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Beyonce-2014-Video-Music-Awards-VMAs-Red-Carpet-Zuhair-Murad-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Collection

Beyonce-2014-Video-Music-Awards-VMAs-Red-Carpet-Zuhair-Murad-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)

Beyonce-2014-Video-Music-Awards-VMAs-Red-Carpet-Zuhair-Murad-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)

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Red, beaded, skin-tight and partially sheer.

The Murad is a far better dress and the red looks great on her. But the point here is, she’s got her public uniform and she doesn’t deviate much. It’s why Bey never became a style icon in the way someone like Rihanna has. She’s just not that into experimenting with her style. She’s got a product to sell and she’d like to keep the packaging as consistent as possible. It’s very Cher-in-her-heyday.




[Photo Credit:, Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Zuhair Murad, Nicolas Jebran]

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  • Dany

    The Zuhair Murad is amazing! She looks beautiful. Love the more natural makeup there.

    The other one looks like a spider decided to make a web on crack. Also, the first earrings are HIDDY.

    • FrigidDiva

      I’m wondering what those first earrings are made out of. My earlobs are wincing just looking at them.

      • I’m wondering if they aren’t actually mounted on a headband. Otherwise they must be made of angel’s breath and moonbeams.

        • luluransom

          At first glance I thought they were sequined oven mitts.

      • Sophie

        They might be made of very light wire? I saw some (a third of the size) recently in a shop and they were surprisingly light. But these just give her more surface in which to entangle her hair. They must be a nightmare to take off.

        • FrigidDiva

          They just look ridiculously uncomfortable to wear, like you said, her hair would be caught up in them in no time. Then again, she probably has minion to take care of that problem for her.

      • Clash D

        Meh. Most probably made from plastic beads and light, shiny material. They sell tons of that stuff in Southeast Asia.

    • marlie

      Those earrings in the first look are totally “craft project gone wrong.”

    • tpalgal

      Those earrings! Totally look like a school project for mommy. Maybe Ivy Blue made them during the arts and crafts portion of her day?

  • NMMagpie

    The Jebran widens her hips in a really unflattering way. The earrings needed a rethink.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I had to scroll back up to look but I think you’re right – it also obscures her waist which really doesn’t help matters! She’s still gorgeous though.

      • Sarah

        Always! I think she was definitely considering the back view with that dress, but overall, it’s too busy.

    • Why would you wear those ginormous earrings and then wear your hair down?

      • StrandedFashionista

        Her weave probably got stuck in them at one point during the night.

    • mlle

      I’m also not a fan of what it’s doing to her boobs. But it is great from the back.

  • FrigidDiva

    I really don’t like that first dress, the second one looks much better. I’ll sound like a broken record, but I’m so over this sheer trend. Will it ever die?

    • Kent Roby

      The sheer trend will die when celebs stop wanting to expose their gym/diet/surgeon-perfected bodies (i.e. “never”).

      • Judih1

        FTW – well said

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love the Zuhair; the color is BEAUTIFUL, and stands out on a night like this, when everyone is going to be as neon and wild as possible. The other dress- I saw it on the red carpet- it’s very Beyonce, but it’s not my favorite.

  • Sarah

    Those earrings with the black dress are EXTREMELY cheap looking. Like, aluminum and plastic. Her hair with that dress is rough, too. The red is loads better, but I like how the model has an updo with that high neckline. Bey should try that, sometime.

    • Lori

      I figure that those earrings have to basically be aluminum and plastic, because if they were made of anything heavier they’d pull her earlobes down to her clavicle.

    • SugarSnap108

      Yeah, it isn’t even the ludicrous size of the earrings that bugs me the most. They look like cardboard and glitter.

  • Lola

    Hello, Bey-bot.

  • Anna

    GAH. Those earrings from the first one. The sheer parts on the black one also remind me of caul fat, not good. Much prefer the Zuhair Murad and I love the colour, but still seems too tight to me.

    • Kent Roby

      So funny, I thought of caul fat as well, but I couldn’t think of what it was called (I’ve watched way more than my fair share of the Food Network).

      • Anna

        When the dog I was looking after on the weekend went home yesterday afternoon, I crashed and watched a Barefoot Contessa marathon.

        • demidaemon

          I love the Barefoot Contessa! My mom always makes fun of her by saying she is a lesbian married to a gay man. And her life story is pretty riveting.

          • Anna

            I love her too, she cracks me up. She’s very similar to GOOP in that her ideas of easy/casual dining are so inaccessible to the average person. Everything is so over-the-top expensive and requires days of preparation.

            I think your mom is right! My friends and I joke about that too ;-).

          • demidaemon

            It’s true, but it makes sense: she lives in the Hamptons and used to be an energy policy writer for the White House. She’s uber-posh.

            Glad to see you agree. 🙂

  • Janet B

    They are very Beyonce.

  • RussellH88

    I kinda hate these. The lines on the first one are way too complicated and fussy, and the second looks like she has giant veins.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Agree. I also don’t like Bey’s hair here. I like a casual, tousled look, but this is just messy.

  • colleenjanel

    Yawn. Just over her.
    And, I didn’t watch the show, but they were talking about it on the news this morning … what was up with taking her toddler to the VMAs and taking her up on stage to receive an award?!?! No respect for anyone who uses their child as a prop. I know they’re trying to convey a “happy family” image to counter the rumors of the splitting, but leave the child at home.

    • James

      I kept rolling my eyes. It was such blatant PR to tell everyone they’re happy!!! they’re not divorcing!!! that I am giving them a few months. When they trot out the (poor) kid you know it’s bad.

    • @Biting Panda

      “Look at you…you’ve got a toddler….at the VMAs…..”

      (said in my best Reese impression)

      • Is that on Netflix? This hoity-toity Yankee bitch would like nothing better than to have Josh Lucas piss her off.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I had the same thought when people were posting the “feminist” picture. It just seemed like a PR stunt against the flack she received for previous comments

    • cocohall

      You missed very little. Worse than the blatant use of her child to convey her marketing message was the fact that they did such a piss poor job. I’m not a body language expert, but she and Jay-Z looked distinctly uncomfortable together. The whole thing was awkward. If you are going to go to the trouble to stage a happy family moment, at least practice it a few times so it looks convincing. I like Beyonce but I have never worshipped her. She seems like a serviceable singer who has worked extremely hard to sell herself as an icon. When the graphics about feminism and owning your sexuality started flashing behind her, I made a mental note to check for plague and locusts. The end days are upon us. But apparently this was the “message” VMAs what with Miley and her tearful support of homeless youth. I think my VMA-watching days are officially over. And did they put the black comic from SNL into witness protection after he made fun of Jay-Z and Kanye? He just DISAPPEARED . . .

      • colleenjanel

        Oh yeah, saw the Miley moment … clearly Hannah Montana’s acting skills haven’t improved. That fake crying was ridiculous.

      • Jaeda Laurez

        They showed mercy to those of us watching, because he was AWFUL. But what’s wrong with her being a feminist and owning her sexuality?

        • cocohall

          There is nothing wrong with being a feminist and owning your sexuality. I am hoping both for my teen girls. But when I think of those ideas in terms of pop stars, Beyonce is not the first one that comes to mind. I’d go with Pink or Gwen Stefani. But I’m sure a case could be made for Miss Bey. In general though, when one has to provide signage during a performance to communicate one’s idea, it feels forced. Let’s just say before the graphics appeared I wasn’t at home saying to myself, That Beyonce, what a feminist! Look how she owns her sexuality.” I was actually thinking it appears she has spent time in strip clubs and stolen most of the dancers’ moves. The signage actually made me wonder if she has been getting some backlash about her persona and felt she needed to address it. But all that pales in comparison to the POLE DANCE she was selling of her happy family. I really cringe when performers trot out their very small children.

  • James

    The black dress is hideous but the red is much better, that color is gorgeous on her. If there were not sheer parts, it’d have been even better but considering that black thing, I’ll call the red one a win.

  • RunAmuck

    Poor Bey – it appears she has super glued her right hand to her hip…

  • par3182

    i hope she walked up to get that award like lisa marie in mars attacks

  • @Biting Panda

    I’m bored and she is radiating discomfort.

  • MarissaLG

    She looks beautiful but I would be really happy if she showed up in a Tina Knowles Original.

  • Gatto Nero

    “She’s got a product to sell and she’d like to keep the packaging” as transparent as possible.
    She may be consistent, but this is still tacky.

  • Mothra

    She seems to have just that one face, though regardless of how many dresses she has on.

    • Also, she should maybe consider changing her hairstyle – I know the blonde has been her signature for years (and wearing it natural might make her steal some of Solange’s quiet thundeR) but she needs a gloss or something, because the hair looks fried and I’m having trouble telling if it’s a wig or bad extensions or just totally nuked hair. Though now that I think about it, Bey got a pixie a while back so most of this is probably just weave. But still, that’s some tatty weave.

  • In_Stitches

    I’m over her as a marketing entity, much the same as I am over, say, Taylor Swift. Nevertheless, the crushed last night and put the rest of the performers to shame. She’s one polished professional.

    She desperately needs to switch up the hair though. Maybe if she does first, Laverne will follow.

    • Herr Meier

      why switch? it looks ok

  • marlie

    I really, really, really wish the first dress wasn’t so sheer that you could see her crotch. I love the second dress, though. The color is great, the shape really accentuates her curves, and the sheer beaded details on the side provide the sexy and the “of course.”

    • Kitten Mittons

      Both dresses are clearly in her wheelhouse, but the second one is so much more successful overall.

      Something about her head seems off. I think it’s the center part that I’m not loving. She looks much better in a side part, as do most people.

  • Latin Buddy

    This woman is so boring. How many times are we going to see her flip her hair and lick her lips?!

  • SistaT

    The black gown is hideous. And whoo, lawd, that weave is looking ratty. But the red gown is gorgeous (if a touch too tight) and her body is banging.

  • frannyprof

    No House of Dereon, Bey?

  • Bey’s 8 minute concert was honestly the longest stretch of music MTV has played in years.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Laying down the truth.

    • Glam Dixie

      I’m probably alone here, but I just want to take a moment to praise technology for the DVR and the FF button. I do not care for her music AT ALL. Yes, I love technology, but not as much as you, you see. Yes, I love technology, always and forever. – Kip from Napoleon Dynamite.

      • I’m not a ravenous fan of her new stuff. Crazy in Love will always be my favorite.

  • Imho

    These dresses don’t say summer much, eh?

  • Beto

    Does she have underwear, at the least? My eyes were drawn to the crotch immediately, or it is an optical illusion? And yes I agree with the uncles here, she will never be a style icon.

  • Elisabeth Ashley

    Like TLo said both dresses were very her. I didn’t really like or dislike wither of them, although the red looked better on her. Her concert was amazing though, I was actually in tears by the end of it (dramatic yes but it’s Beyonce!)

  • formerlyAnon

    I love the Murad on her. I love how she owns having a figure and deploys it strategically. I wonder when “lack of cleavage down to the sternum” somehow started morphing in my mind into “elegant.” That’s such a low bar.

  • What the hell is one her ears In that first black gown? Whatever they are, they seem like cheap bedazzled appliqués.

  • I agree that her style is a bit tacky but I consider it all stagewear so it’s fitting. All things aside, there is no greater entertainer out there right now. She gives her 100% with everything she does.

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  • KendraMR

    ::Yawns:: Meh.

  • poorellensmith

    I don’t own a TV, so I didn’t see the show itself. But from the pictures, our girl looks tired. Maybe all the tabloid craziness of the past months are wearing her down?

  • yayito83

    I hate the black dress, it’s in line with her style but it’s horrible! the hair and make up are awful too

  • I don’t see her as a style icon, either. I take into account both red carpet and street style. Her street style is always so boring and put-on. Her red carpet style is just so predictable. So, yeah. She’s more of a music video icon – the fashion in her videos is more iconic then anything she’s ever worn outside of it.

  • RescueMe23

    Yawn… she bores me to tears… At least Madonna was original.

  • NinjaCate

    Yeah, Bey is amazing and I will always love her but she’s very boring style wise. She sticks to what she knows and never, ever deviates. Whereas Rihanna will experiment and miss sometimes, but come out new, fresh and interesting on the other side. The red looks amazing on her though.

  • Miss Atomic

    Wow, she’s actually wearing a full skirt and not a one piece swimsuit on the red carpet. (Although she had to break out the leotard for her performance)

  • SugarSnap108

    I hate the first look. The cartoonish earrings, the am-I-seeing-pubic-hair? dress. No.
    The second dress is so much better, though I’ve had it with sheer.

  • Little_Olive

    Oh, blah.

  • connie238

    It’s probably just me, but the top of the black dress appears in the first picture to be a take-off on a tuxedo jacket.

  • Can Laverne Cox sing? Because if so, I want she and Bey to play sisters in a movie about diva sisters falling out. Sort of like A League Of Their Own with gowns instead of baseball.

    • NBG

      Gowns and great hair extensions.

      • demidaemon

        Better than what both are currently sporting, hopefully.

  • Synnae

    The black dress is ok for Beyonce but nothing special, the red dress is actually a great dress but is is so OF COURSE…

  • megohd

    Love the red. But I just don’t think gowns belong at this event.

    • NBG

      If you’re a diva, they do.

  • StrandedFashionista

    Granted I’m a slavering fan of Beyonce, but when she’s in this mode, and showing her entire side-butt, she still looks elegant to me.

    • Sly

      I am with you there!

  • MilaXX

    Agreed. In fact between the Knowles sisters, I’d give Solange the fashionista label over Bey. Solange isn’t afraid to take fashion risks.

  • rockin robin

    I agree with a lot of the other commenters. I think the first dress was a misstep. Not flattering, and too busy for the cameras. Simpler earrings would have also helped. But the red dress is great.

  • unapologetic beyonce fangirl here. her performance was pretty effing amazing, and i was a little touched by jay-z admitting that his wife is way better than him 🙂

  • Cee Layton

    Someone tell me if I am the only one that sees those earrings in the fourth picture as phallic? With a giant saggy scrotum to boot.

  • Herr Meier

    spot on commentary. Bey is all about business

  • Qitkat

    I do have to give the designers’ props for re-imagining spider webs as couture.

  • AnneElliot

    I’m just in awe of the construction of both of these dresses — her girls are perfectly in place. Either there’s some amazing invisible foundation hiding away, or they were so tight, nothing could move. Hope she wasn’t performing in either of those, or else I don’t know how she could breathe.

  • GeoDiva

    At least she is no longer wearing/promoting that House of Deron crap anymore!

  • TeeforTwo

    Long time lurker, I just registered to say: Go Lebanese designers! (Although I hate Jebran as a designer)

  • ivfive

    Shadow, or in the black dress are we seeing the bey-snatch?

  • jen

    All I can think of when I see her in these super tight dresses is how uncomfortable she must be.

    • DagnyReardon

      Rumor has it she wears 2 pairs of Spanxx for red carpet events. My gut splits at the thought.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Looks like Beyonce. I’m sad that her short hair phase didn’t last a bit longer.

  • 1carmelita

    Those black earrings are just ugly. Her poor ears.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    The Zuhair Murad is quite striking on Miss Bey. And, yes, she definitely has a look and works it. The New York Times recently ran an article about why she isn’t a fashion icon.

  • YeahYeahFashion

    Standard Bey RC looks. Don’t hate ’em – don’t love ’em. The top set of earrings look like penis. Her performance wasn’t as good as JT’s from last year but as a huge fan of her new album (that missed both tours when they came near me) I was thrilled to see a mini concert and wasn’t disappointed at all she didn’t do the standard medley. She did that two years ago at the Super Bowl anyway.

  • spirit52

    She’s looking a little Morticia Adams-like

  • ljh

    Her looks are so one-note, she may warrant nothing more than a Lea Michele sniff of “Of course.” soon– or would that be “Hov course.”?

  • Alfred Cox

    I like the Jebran. It isnt setting the world on fire, but its a classic Bey look, tight, a little sheer and glamourous. Now the Murad is TO DIE. By far the best dress she’s worn in the 2010s.

  • Kirara

    Is it me or does she look like Laverne Cox in the second set of pictures?

  • Man Dala

    I fell asleep.

  • BackseatDriver

    Since it is already headed in a very Cher direction, why doesn’t she just hire Bob Mackie to make her an iconic look that isn’t already in a display case somewhere?

  • kmk05

    Oh man, I feel like the Lone Dissenter here: I think her face is magical (the ‘light’ makeup really works), and both gowns are extremely sexy.

    Not too sure about how busy the first one is, but I actually think the first look is really striking when you first see it (earrings and all), and the middle part is balanced out by the earrings and the busy dress.

    The middle part stands out much more with the second dress, though, and her hair just looks ratty.

    Haven’t watched the VMAs at all, so can’t say anything about her performance or her child, though.