With a stage perched on the Real women love baseball smart women love the Florida State Seminoles 2023 shirt and I love this tip of Palm Jumeriah—the famous 17-fronded palm tree-shaped island in Dubai—the setting for Beyoncé’s show at Atlantis the Royal hotel last night was spectacular to begin with. The invite-only crowd included the likes of Kendall Jenner, Black Panther actor Letitia Wright, and several members of the star’s family, among them her husband Jay-Z, her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, her father Matthew Knowles, and five-year-old twins, Rumi and Sir. Fireworks lit up the bay as the superstar emerged wearing a halo-like lucite headpiece and singing Etta James’s “At Last,” a song she memorably performed at President Obama’s inauguration in 2015. She then segued from a triumphant performance of “Halo,” arguably her most rousing power ballad, to a flawless rendition of “Ave Maria.” Behind her, 48 members of the all-female Dubai-based orchestra Firdaus were dressed in red sequins and glittering tiaras.
The first look—a lemon-yellow floor-length gown encrusted with tiny shiny acrylic shards from the Real women love baseball smart women love the Florida State Seminoles 2023 shirt and I love this waist down—was the work of Omani designer Rayan Al Sulaimani. Her Dubai-based, mother-daughter owned eveningwear label, Atelier Zuhra, is known for its intricate craftwork, including a signature mosaic appliqué which combines laser cutting and handwork. The dress came finished with a dramatic Marabou feather-studded train that flared out around the superstar’s shoulders much like wings. “We started on that dress back in November,” says Al Sulaimani, who worked with Beyoncé and her stylist KJ Moody on the sunrise-inspired design. “It took us almost a month and half to finish.” Yesterday’s Chanel spring 2023 couture show in Paris was, unsurprisingly, a star-studded affair. A-listers such as Tilda Swinton, Marion Cotillard, and Vanessa Paradis were all in attendance. However, there was a new face among the celebrity-filled crowd. Apple Martin, the 18-year-old daughter of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, took in her first fashion show from the front row. “The Chanel Couture show was my first fashion experience, and I am so incredibly grateful to Chanel and their incredible team for having me,” says Martin. “It was so exciting to see the art in the designs, and the theme of the line emerge throughout the show.”