Beyonce's Bold Fashion Choice: "She Looked Fantastic"

11/07/2008 at 12:00 PM ET

Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Beyonce Knowles is known for her glamorous wardrobe choice, tending to glittering gowns, curve-hugging minis and elegant creations from Armani for her many red carpet events. Which is why we did a double take when the singer turned up at the MTV Europe Awards in not one, but two dresses from notoriously edgy British designer Gareth Pugh. Beyonce’s stylist Ty Hunter tells PEOPLE, “Gareth Pugh’s work is explosive and she had to wear it. She thinks he is an amazing talent.” The young Brit is a master of dark, almost-goth looks with incredible architectural details. Beyonce’s performance dress, which is made of elastic bands and rows and rows of YKK zippers, first appeared on the designer’s Fall 2008 runway with matching leggings that Knowles wisely skipped. Pugh himself tells PEOPLE, “I’m delighted she wore my dresses, she looked fantastic.” We agree, and we love that Beyonce is supporting up-and-coming young designers while trying out cool, new looks. That metallic robot glove, we’re a little less sure about. Tell us: What do you think of Beyonce’s fashion choice? – reporting by Monique Jessen

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LBW on

Helping young designers is a good thing, but that dress is pretty strange.

lashla on

I love beyonce but i think she is starting to be under pressure to fit in with the new look. The new look is not so glamour and big hair anymore… is more urban, dark, and high fashion. Which does not suit her to me. She is competing with rihanna on her new look… it is very obvious, and really not her. I think she needs to just find a different stylist… that can help her new look (to also remain her sexy glamour way) but a little more edgy. This is just my opinion

Sophie on

OMG! Hideous!

JP on

I agree, this look is terrible. I love B, But she trying to re-event herself and its not working. Stick to your roots B. Your classy, conservative, modern and diva. This extra stuff is not working for you. Stay True to Yourself unless you’ve been faking it thus far…….and Now we see the real “B”…………….Question??

Becky on

Another victim of money not buying taste!

Edgy is ok within reason, wearing a Scifi/Alien/Robot Warrior inspired dress to anything other than a costume party is just ridiculous.

She is a beautiful young woman who can do much better than that. Someone needs to upgrade her!!

k2 on

The dress is a great performance piece; nothing to wear in the streets.
She was on stage performing and it was a perfect choice. It is ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kayla on

I love Beyonce I think she has the best style ever she is so talented

xoxo123 on

A little too far….. edgy can be cool within reason but this dress is pushing it… i guess it’s ok if preforming but anywhere else absolutely NOT

Helena on

I think this outfit belongs more behind a glass case in an art museum rather than on somebody’s body. I doubt anybody but Bjork could pull this off really well.

Denise on

She should stop trying to be edgy and different she is trying to compete with Rihanna and she falls way short!!!

Alicia on

OMG, this look is terrible. I think that she is just trying to be super outrageous because of the whole Sasha Fierce thing. Some of her new looks and hairstyles and really out there and no in a good way. I think if Beyonce keeps it up she’s gonna be headed for the worst dressed list… just like her sister.

Kim on

Absolutely hideous!

gery on

It’s just not her! SHe is lacking the crazy and rocky touch both in her soul and songs to wear these outfit! Beyonce should accept the diva status, she is slowly reaching her thirties and some maturity. Plus she is too curvy for this kind of geometry, and accessories make the show with her, so without them…she’s not the same! Rihanna would rock this dres better: younger, slimmer, pixie and more rock’n roll! Anyway, I’m Beyonce fan like forever, I grew up with her and don’t feel like getting lost right now, I see doing charity, great hits, intimate concerts, having a family, and carry on being the model she has always been to me!

Taneka on

Uh,awful! She has beeb tryingt do the edgy daring interesting look like Rihanna has mastered for the last year now and still cannot get it right.She is jusr too texas/bumpkin/cheesy/tacky/bigger is better type of stule-she cant go to simple styles,when she does she looks awkward and uncomfortable.Only Rihanna can pull off that style-beyonce is too stuffy and tacky with her style,like a bkack dolly parton stuck in the 70’s still!Stop trying your making it worse for yourself,Rihanna owns what style is now period,your too boring for it!!

Melody on

I think Beyonce is pretty, but the dress is horrible! It is really weird looking at the clothes on here and participating in surveys. Sometimes the clothes just suck and no one looks good in them! This is one of those cases. It looks like a costume from some space movie in the 50’s.

lisa on

Tell me this was for halloween!!

What really kills me is that she wore puffy “mall” hair and big hoop earrings with this thing!

jenna on

that dress looks like something the jetsons would wear..like what people thought other people would wear in the future a long, long time ago! i dont like it. and it doesnt even give her any curves and makes her look manly.

J.kob on

i love this look- she is reiventing and of course it is a little strange to witness because we weren’t expecting it, but its great shes supporting new and young designers.

florence sharpe on

I like that Beyonce is trying dufferent things.
As for the comment made by Denise that B is trying to compete with Rihanna, please while I do like Rihanna there is no comparison to Beyonce . Beyonce for one is a woman Rihanna is still a girl and why would Beyonce have to or try to compete with Rihanna? Beyonce is a nine time grammy winner compared to Rihanna’s one grammy.

Flobee

mahad on

i agree.that she fantastic girl. but how she my addrees just i like queen ti is so art

Kellz on

Who cares!!! Beyonce is a sellout!

islandista on

Lisa hit the nail right on the head with her comment about Bey still rocking the big mall hair and hoop earrings with this outfit.

That just sums up how un-‘her’ this outfit is. Beyonce’s style is not edgy – it is full on, full out, big weave, glittery, shiny, down-south, country girl diva-tastic.

And even when she tries to be edgy she doesn’t know how to pull it off.

I can’t help but agree with some of the other posters that she looks like she’s trying to compete with Rihanna in this whole edgy thing and it’s a bit unseemly and unnecessary. Bey should just let herself be who she is.

Reve on

It was fantastic on the runway but just didn’t translate to the stage/real life! Life goes on…next big event please!

Milly on

Horrific!!

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sabetir on

Obama will not be able to lead as president of America

sabetir on

I dont think Obama will not be able to lead as president of America

R on

wow . . . that dress is ugly . . . why would you wear that?

lailarae on

she looks horrible, that dress would be suicide if it were on a b-list or less artist!
Beyonce, be thankful for your fame!

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Morgan on

It’s weird.

Kira on

She took a big risk and it paid off. She looks incredible. The dress is very edgy, but she still looks pretty and it fits her body perfectly.

An on

I love Beyonce but that dress is hideous… Her body is amazing – if she wants to wear something edgy, she’d still look fabulous in some Alexander McQueen…

big e on

the older she gets, the uglier in everything!! Hasbeen!!

JB on

She looks completely ridiculous! This was never meant to be worn off the runway.

Sharp Lily on

She makes brave fashion choices often, and good for her. She looks gorgeous and completely fabulous!

Ali on

A hideous cross between the terminator and star trek. I also see people are noting that it looks like she is trying to rip the goth thing from Rihanna. 30 is a little too old for this kind of look, methinks. No thank you, ma’am!!

Sara on

This dress does not suit her at all.
She doesn’t have enough edge to pull it off.
Agyness Deyn would have been a way better choice.
Beyonce takes herself too serious and to see her in this is very peculiar.

Brenda on

She is a woman or a robot

Gale Thompson on

If this is the newest style of footwear, I’ll stick my own style, which is very fashionable and current. The only attractive style of shoe in your article was Eva Langoria’s and the striped ones worn by Paris Hilton. That “gladiator” style may well be the ugliest that’s ever been invented and it does nothing to flatter a woman. As for “anti-gravity” for Posh, well there are no words, but if she wears them very long, the word will be “varicose veins”! Bring back the classics!

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Tiffany on

Beyonce does not need to be wearing sci fi outfits it makes look hideous… Just do what you do best beyonce lose the sci fi look fast!!

Karen on

I think the dress was good for the run way only. The display of what the designer can do. I wish Beyonce would stop trying to change her image too she’s naturally beautiful, but she seems to be pulling for attention and too desperate to be an icon…… No matter how beautiful you are everybody can’t be an icon and it’s never forced.

Courtney on

Beyonce is very talented, I dont get the fashion choice though- especially for a ballad like “If I Were a Boy” maybe for another song…?

Might I add something off topic:

Jennifer Aniston’s latest comments about Angelina Jolie are just selfish.

Cant Jen just see that Brad & Angelina obviously met for a reason!? Look at the beautiful loving family they now have together!! Jen should be content with her own life right now and happy that she still isnt married to a man who wasn’t in love with her anymore! Jen is acting childish and selfish in this vogue interview and the cover looks like a trashy star magazine quote! SHAME ON YOU JEN! YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS VERY “UNCOOL”!

I wish that Jen would just be happy for Brad’s beautiful new life and not go over the past in interviews over n over again.
Why cant Angelina talk about how she met the loving father of her six kids?

Totally lost respect for Aniston- who I have been a fan of for a while.
LOVE JOLIE- always!

crystal on

I don’t really know what’s going on with her clothes lately, I love her but Be come on!!!!!!!!!!

Xenadiva on

She’s not wearing the dress… The dress is wearing her… It might work in all black but it looks like she’s wearing cardboard….

Black Barbie on

I love Beyonce and everything she does but OMG!! I don’t like this it’s a mix of Michael Jackson and the Tin Man…LOL

nene on

she should fire her stylist – if she thinks she is important enough to represent and motivate trend, she’s being misled and, sadly, believes the trumped up hype about her. She is the quintessential wannabe..

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kiki on

Yes, it´s obvious she´s trying to be edgy like rihanna. The dress does not suit her.

Mehul on

I totally agree with you, if she didn’t chgane up her style would she even stay relevant in the game anymore? Nope I think not, anyway we all know she has a stylist and so what if she does, she obviously needed one get your Swagg on Rih Rih!!

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