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Why Beyoncé is No Fashion Snob

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She’s rocked knee-high Sergio Rossi gladiator boots and even a white feather-laden Givenchy Haute Couture gown, but when it comes to fashion, Beyoncé is no label snob. The singer is sporting some up-and-coming designers in the artwork for her latest album, 4 — but there’s nothing under the radar about these outfits. On the album’s fold-out cover, the star wears a fox-fur stole by the cult French designer Alexandre Vauthier embellished with Swarovski crystals by the Lesage embroidery house. Inside the fold, she sports “Daisy Duke” shorts by young French designer Julien Fournié and a lemon-yellow mini-dress by fashion student Leah Rae. And for the deluxe cover (above), Beyoncé chose a purple-and-black beaded dress by French designer Maxime Simoens — who’s just 27 years old. “It was important to Beyoncé that the choice of clothing not be about the brand but about the quality of the work,” Knowles’s creative director, Jenke-Ahmed Tailly, tells the
New York Times
. “The album is a musical gumbo of everything Beyoncé likes. Each song really has a different personality, so we decided to do the cover like an editorial for a magazine, with each song having its own style.” But she’s not the only one in her family taking notice of budding talent. For her headlining gig at the Glastonbury Festival in England last month, the singer wore another Vauthier creation, a gold mini-dress, which the designer says was a last-minute suggestion by her husband, Jay-Z. Tell us: What do you think of Beyoncé’s fierce 4 looks? –Kim Peiffer