Beyoncé meeting Cardi B would have been enough to send the internet into a tizzy. Add in the off-the-runway debut of one of the most talked about and controversial pieces of fashion of the season, and, we've got the makings of a frenzy. Yes, the pop goddess met the viral rapper on Saturday at Philadelphia's Made in American festival wearing the puffy sleeve Gucci jacket that controversially paid "homage" to an earlier design by the Harlem fashion designer known as Dapper Dan.
It wasn't much of a surprise that Beyoncé was in the audience for the Made in America festival. Husband Jay-Z not only performed but founded the event in 2012; Beyoncé's sister Solange was also on the bill year. Cardi B, who has turned her reality TV and Instagram fame into a bona fide rap career on the strength of her summer-conquering hit single "Bodak Yellow," was a last-minute addition to the lineup.
It appears, like all of us, the Knowles-Carter clan is definitely a fan.
In fact, Beyoncé's mom Tina Knowles, also got in a quick hug with Cardi.
A cute celebrity moment, but the fashion crowd really can't get over that jacket.
Gucci designer Alessandro Michele sent the piece out as part of his Resort 2018 show this May. Many were quick to point out its similarities to a piece Daniel "Dapper Dan" Day had made in 1989 for Olympic Gold medalist Diane Dixon. The original had been constructed of (unauthorized) Louis Vuitton monogrammed leather. Gucci quickly clarified that it was an homage and wished to collaborate with Day in the future.
Day didn't talk much about the incident, but did tell the New York Times he was "at the table" with Gucci. The controversy led some to wonder if the jacket would actually be produced. Well, here it is out in the wild for the first time.
We've seen several other celebrities in Gucci's other most talked about piece of the year —the crystal body suit from the Fall 2017 collection. Everyone from Rihanna to Kim Kardashian to Cara Delevingne has worn it. Beyoncé, however, is the first to wear the jacket.
Incidentally, the wardrobe choice came on the same day that Taylor Swift's frequent video director Joseph Kahn took to Twitter to take a shot at Beyoncé's well-known love of Michele's designs for Gucci. "Why is everyone afraid of the Beyhive?" he tweeted, referring to Beyoncé's fan base. "What can they do? Pop out of your Twitter screen and force you to wear Gucci?"
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