By Chic Chik, fashion writer.
The accountability phase begins colorless. Black and white fills the frame as three little girls play inside with their dolls.
“Annie” actress Quvenzhané Wallis gazes at her reflection in a mirror, wearing a modest yet oversized dress, reminiscent of a little girl playing in her mother’s clothes.
Color comes back as an older woman sits dressed as regal as the Queen of England with her white hair glowing.
Bey croons the song “Daddy Lessons,” first wearing a Victorian-style dress, full of volume and color.
She changes into one of the more relaxed looks of the visual album, wearing a white tank top and high-waist jeans as she rides a horse through a pasture.
In the next phase, reformation, Beyoncé is shown in two completely different scenes, in two completely different outfits yet lying in the same position.
It begins with Queen Bey lying in the middle of a fully lit football stadium, dressed in a glamorous white dress, big hair and makeup. It quickly flashes to Beyoncé lying in bed, hair wrapped, no makeup and a T-shirt. This scene shows the difference between what the world sees and what only a woman’s intimate lover sees at the end of the day. The melody of “Love Drought” begins as a processional of women in white gowns follow Bey into the sea.
Bey’s wardrobe plays between sheer, lightweight dresses then back to tribal paint and ends with the wind blowing through her silk white gown.
The phase ends with Beyoncé lying down once again, this time on the seashore wrapped in tulle.
“Sandcastles” begins with Bey sitting barefoot in the most raw scene of the film. She wears an oversized sweatshirt, maybe Jay’s, with her natural curls, reading glasses and soft makeup. She sings the ballad to none other than her hubby.
The couple shares an intimate moment wearing plain black shirts and gazing at one another before the song ends.