Black women in fashion are a force to be reckoned with; especially considering the continuous impact we’ve had on trends that have lasted for decades.
To accommodate for ourselves when choosing the next gala get-up, business casual attire for a conference or convention, or a night out at the biggest parties of the year comes easy to almost everyone. It’s when the power players of style, a.k.a stylists, are put into the position to accommodate someone else’s vision when creating a look that defines who they are.
Notable, New York and L.A.-based stylist, costume designer, and wardrobe curator, Zerina Akers, shines indefinitely within her eye for detail and color schemes, bold jewelry statements and glamourizing defining patterns. She has personally styled powerhouse singing duo, Chloe x Halle, comedy queen, Niecy Nash, and none other than the queen herself, Beyoncé.
Beyoncé’s endeavors over the last few years have recruited multiple press runs, red carpet sightings, star-studded parties on the east and west coast, trips to the motherland, or a simple date night with hubby, Jay-Z. If you didn’t know, now you know that Akers is the mastermind behind Bey’s looks being reposted, recreated, and genuinely admired by millions when she drops a website or Instagram update.
We’re here to highlight some of our favorite looks that have been successfully slayed together, and trust us, this isn’t even the half.
Hover over the designer names for more of each’s work.
Pretty in Patterns
Details: Ankara print suit, Enaganico matching hat
Imagine going to view art, and you’re already art yourself! Queen Bey rocked this ensemble to a gala opening in February last year. The Ankara print suit meshed together casual and classy perfectly, as the colors beam gracefully alarming to the eye with a bit of glistening cleavage.
Black is Beautiful
We all anticipate Beyoncé’s yearly recap of looks sponsored by her “Your B at” photo gallery that comes around the time of the national holiday that is her birthday. This was specifically stood out in her latest update, although navigated by one color scheme, the metallic and feathers add a burst of fun to this simple yet stylish getup.
Details: David Koma dress, Judith Leiber “Stack of Cash” clutch
What’s personally admired the most about this look Akers put together is the floor-length, David Koma, bodycon dress ability to coincide perfectly with the extreme accessories. It was Judith Leiber’s “Stack of Cash” clutch that had everyone talking though, mirroring the sequence of Koma’s gown with its glittery effects.
Top Two and it’s Two-Toned
Details: Area SS18 top and bottom, and Dolce and Gabbana handbag
Bey’s the captain, now. Akers possesses the special skill of making stepping out of your comfort zone, still comfortable. This colorful two-piece also bought back a bit of nostalgia, channeling those early Destiny’s Child days where each piece was trendy, experimental, and matching to a T.
The Fiercest Feline in the Jungle
Details: Custom Duckie Confetti corset and pencil skirt set & gloves
Support black designers, and shoutout Zerina Akers for consistently introducing us to them. One who’s been embodying the meaning of a masterful come-up is Duckie Confetti, the New-York based designer whose work has been seen on Teyana Taylor, Nicki Minaj, Monica, and many more. This custom leopard corset and pencil skirt fit like a glove on Bey; even the gloves themselves. Fans even related the gorgeous set to the iconic and arguably underrated record, “Kitty Kat” from the star’s sophomore album, B’Day.
This Girl is on FIRE
Details: Full Maria Escote look for the top and boots, Chanel pearl flap bag
Literally, on fire. Red from head-to-toe and sprinkled in pears, this Maria Escote fit hit the web in flames; as it should have. The soft glam and the also pearled Chanel bag containing their shades of brown, paired perfectly with this cherry bomb
Take it to another level, no passengers (in her style lane)
When you think of some of the greatest courtside looks, Beyoncé should come to mind. Bey sat in style at the Houston vs. Warriors game in May 2019, also sporting her favorite eyewear accessory of tiny glasses and putting the icing on the cake with a sheer black Dries Van Noten coat. Her home team may have not taken home the W, but Mrs.Carter sure did.
Details: Spring 2019 Couture Balmain dress & (B) heels
The Roc Nation Brunch is one of the biggest events of the year. A handful of looks rollout from our favorite entertainers, entrepreneurs, and elites, but let’s be honest, we stick around to see what the queen is rocking. Last year, Bey and Akers kept their streak of recruiting custom Balmain looks. The “B” in the shoes sealed the deal and further proved how this trio’s attention to detail is like no other.
South Africa’s Style Adventures
“Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y’all go so hard. 🐝” Beyoncé shared in an Instagram post during her time in South Africa for the Globel Citizens Festival 2018. In this particular photo, she wears an Afrikanista tee and Yhebe Design asymmetrical skirt, two of the many talented African fashion visionaries Akers recruited during the time.
In the Spirit of Fashion
A beautiful song, accompanied by just as beautiful looks. The first solo music video we received from Bey in a while came with an inspirational statement and immaculate styling to match. Although there are so many memorable looks to choose from the culturally stunning visual, this full Tongoro suit, and lengthy durag to match had to be my favorite. It still complied with the theme of flowy threads but held its own for its dynamic patterns and intense Cairo facepiece. Akers herself gave this one the co-sign, labeling it as one of her favorites from the shoot.
In closing, thank you, Zerina Akers, for constantly setting the stylist bar and keeping Beyonce’s foot firmly pressed against our necks.
Additional reference: @stylebeyonce on Instagram