Beyonce showcased regional talent the Lebanese dance troupe the Mayyas during her historic performance at the grand reveal of Dubai’s Atlantis The Royal on Saturday, she also chose a series of regional designers for her stage wardrobe.
Opening the show, Beyonce wore a custom-made canary yellow corset-style gown, styled with extravagant feathers, by Dubai house Atelier Zuhra. She accessorised with jewellery from Lorraine Schwartz along with Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Beyonce opened the the show with her iconic cover of Etta James’ ‘At Last’ backed by Firdaus, a 48-person all-female orchestra, Beyoncé went on to delight the star-studded audience with renditions of ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Naughty Girl’ and ‘Drunk In Love’ for her one-off hour long concert at the ultra-luxury hotel.
Beyoncé also used with America’s Got Talent winners, The Mayyas, an all-female precision dance group from Lebanon, decked out in glittering outfits (and sparkling talons eerily reminiscent of Everything, Everywhere, All At Once), backing singers in full princess skirts and multiple costume changes. In a move of support for the nation, Beyoncé wore a pink Firework corset dress, crystal-embellished leggings, and gloves designed specifically by FROLOV with her stylist KJ Moody and his team for the iconic occasion. The Firework dress was made using special couture techniques using white and golden crystals, whilst the boning of the corset dress was gilded with galvanic fine gold.
For her second look of the night, she chose Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran, who created a red princess-cut dress with gold sequin detailing and embellished sleeves. She accessorised with a striking metal headpiece, which matched those worn by her band on stage as well as the sun goddess vibe of the stage design.
For her second look for her performance she chose Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran, who created a red princess-cut dress with gold sequin detailing and embellished sleeves.
She accessorised with a striking metal headpiece, which matched those worn by her band on stage as well as the sun goddess vibe of the stage design.
For her third look, she wore a pink and gold sequin bodice by Ukrainian designer Frolov, with matching boots and gloves. During the finale, the singer dazzled in an ensemble by Ukraine’s Ivan Frolov, which, according to the designer, “was created in the brand’s production in Kyiv, Ukraine, during war and massive blackouts.”
The hot pink “Firework” dress, set off with crystal-embellished leggings and gloves, was created exclusively for Beyoncé and made using special couture techniques, including galvanic fine gold in the boning of the corset, plus hand embroidery with crystals.
Beyoncé accessorized her look — in addition to her other ensembles — with $7.5 million of Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Frolov launched his line in 2015, and according to the brand’s website, he has dressed numerous stars besides Beyoncé, including Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Gwen Stefani and others.”It just goes to show that no matter what, Ukrainian brands continue to showcase the world their resistance and culture,” a statement for the designer noted.
Beyoncé looked to local Dubai designer, Atelier Zuhra, for her canary yellow feathered outfit that opened the elaborate production, changing into looks from Dolce & Gabbana and Lebanon’s Nicolas Jebran later in the show. Bey also wore a pink corseted outfit by Ukrainian couture designer, FROLOV,
Ahead of the concert, she walked the hotel’s blue carpet in a dramatic bronze overcoat by Dolce & Gabbana.
Beyoncé closed the show with a gravity-defying finale moment, rising sixteen feet into the air above the hotel’s dramatic performance fountains, Skyblaze.
Speaking on the launch, Tim Kelly, Managing Director of Atlantis Dubai said, ‘This is it. Our moment to unveil Atlantis The Royal as the world’s most ultra-luxury entertainment resort has arrived. We’re delighted that global superstar Beyoncé was here to launch this extraordinary resort in an unforgettable way – a true icon, launching an icon. We are excited to begin welcoming guests in February and treat them to an experience that will completely redefine their perspective of luxury.’
Her performance was followed by a spectacular fireworks display and a DJ set from Swedish House Mafia.
Spanning 63 hectares and housing 795 rooms and suites, housing countless hospitality venues and no fewer than 90 swimming pools, the resort’s opening has been anticipated for years.
There will be 17 restaurants at the resort, including the Middle East’s first Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, from the famed British chef; Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan; and Ariana’s Persian Kitchen by the Iranian-American celebrity TV chef and cookbook author Ariana Bundy.