In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Destiny Child’s second album, The Writing’s on the Wall, we dug through the internet to track their style evolution, from 1997’s graphic tees to 2013’s all. Leather. Everything.
Tina Knowles’ fashions deserve to be recognized, and more importantly, we need to remember that even Beyonce wore a black leather belt with jeans and a t-shirt. Meaning? Stars, guys. They really are just like us.
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Before they were the Destiny's Child we know today, Destiny's Child (circa '97-'98) were like any other '90s teenagers. Proven especially by Beyonce's logo t-shirt (which we all had), her hat (which we all wanted), and her black leather belt (which our moms made us wear). The Tina Knowles influence begins.
Just kidding: HERE'S where the Tina Knowles influence begins. In case you didn't know, Beyonce's mom had a hand in designing her daughter and pals' matching ensembles, which cemented Tina as a cool mom and not a regular mom (since regular moms wouldn't let us wear—let alone MAKE—belly tops).
But despite the uniform-like qualities of the ladies' outfits, they were still relatively unique. In this case, Beyonce's showing the least skin, while Kelly Rowland basically rocks a bandeau. Think of their looks like the Spice Girls' army vibes in "Spice World": different interpretations of the same look. (And Beyonce is always Posh, obviously.)
To further my point (because this is MY house now), enter: the 1998 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, in which the group put their stamp on sari-inspired pieces.
5th Annual Soul Train "Lady of Soul" Awards
Fast-forward to 1999 at the same awards show when the group got a little edgier with black and sequins. In my heart, I like to think these outfits inspired everything worn in the On the Run tour. (I'm wrong, but . . . shut it.)
And then there were three. (And a lot of late '60s/early '70s influence. And denim. And yellow. And a lot, in general. A lot is happening here. Please never forget.)
You guys like jewels? AMAZING. Then you, like me, were probably jacked when the Holy Trinity wore not just bedazzled bikini tops, but bejewelled shorts to the 2000 Source Awards.
Individuality! While Kelly took the pants route (a route she chose a lot during DC3's run), Michelle went riskier -- and more adult -- with a thigh-high slit and plunging neckline. Meanwhile, Beyonce took front and centre -- which isn't exactly surprising.
See? Front aaaaaand centre. Also: a major disco influence, furthered by the "Bootylicious" video itself (and Stevie Nicks' cameo/blessing). And on a personal note, this was the song I nicknamed myself "A-Dawg" to. Thank you, blessed musical group.
Each DC3 member used the turn of the century to grow up, fashion-wise. (Think sleeker styles; more "adult party" formalwear.) The trio also began wearing pieces on the red carpet that would be praised -- and not condemned -- by fashion critics. (Who are no fun, admittedly. But look: I'm just the messenger.)
But look: circa 2002, we were in the midst of Beyonce's appearance in Austin Powers: Goldmember, so you can't blame anybody but a good publicist for what you see here, really.
See what I mean about growing up? (If you don't, just go with it.) Now, throwbacks to disco began looking more Studio 54 than costume party. Fur, sequins, and vintage silhouettes trumped kitschiness. So while even though these outfits are "fun" (read: the freaking best), they still look appropriate for grown-ass boss-women.
MTV TRL With Destiny's Child And Salma Hayek
More fur! Coats! A look as tight as American Hustle's! Pretend the outerwear is faux, guys, and everything will seem better. I promise.
But alas, the end was nigh. Destiny Fulfilled -- the group's last record -- was released in 2004, and slowly the Destiny's Child train began to wind down. This 2005 appearance at the World Music Awards marked one of their last at the time. But with it, you could see they'd embraced a classier, '60s girl group aesthetic -- a far cry from the clear DIY vibe of their first public ensembles. Also: Michelle's dress is the best one, I'm just being honest.
It was their destiny, child. (You guys still here? Great!) Yes, the Super Bowl halftime show delivered the re-assembled DC3, with matching (but not really) outfits in tow, and the confidence of three women who knew they were doing the world a major service. Their unique tastes were also accurately represented: Michelle embraced an edgier interpretation of their late '70s vibe, Kelly went classic, and Beyonce? Full diva.
Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show
And Beyonce's expression here adequately represents exactly how I feel about not just their reunion, but their various costume choices. Leather forever, you guys. (The only thing missing is Bey's Texas motorcycle jacket.)