Photo courtesy of Beyoncé/Instagram

Once the euphoria of scoring those coveted Beyoncé Renaissance World Tour tickets settles in, there's one burning question on everyone's mind: "What should I wear to the concert?" Let's be real: this isn't a run-of-the-mill gig. It's Beyoncé's triumphant return to Houston after six long years, and she's thrown down a fashion gauntlet.

Our sensational Grammy queen celebrated her 42nd birthday on September 4 and extended an invitation to her always fashionable fans attending her upcoming concerts. She asked them to strut their stuff in their "most fabulous silver outfits" as a nod to her birthday and the fantastic Virgo season. "We'll surround ourselves in a shimmering human disco ball each night," Bey said on her Instagram story.

Sure, we may have missed the official Virgo season by a day, but Queen Bey still expects her H-town devotees to bring their A-game when it comes to fashion.

Still figuring out that fab fit? We've rounded up some must-have items for the ultimate concert ensemble to keep things easy and ensure that all Houstonians are ready to shine at Beyoncé's concert. Discover comfy, sparkly sneakers, shimmering metallic tops, sequin-studded dresses, and a whole array of dazzling accessories. Get ready to slay — the Bey way.

Awe Inspired

If there's one thing Beyoncé and Awe Inspired share, it's the notion that girls run the world. With high-quality sterling silver pieces inspired by Egypt's rich culture of magic and divine feminine energy, Awe's Egyptian Renaissance collection is the perfect addition to any alien superstar and disco cowboy look.

Awe Inspired Egyptian Renaissance collectionDazzling accessories are key and these layering pieces from Awe Inspired's Egyptian Renaissance collection are the perfect addition to any outfit. Photo by Awe Inspired

Chloe Dao

Houston star Chloe Dao knows how to make a statement and still be comfortable. Dance the night away in this black tulle jumpsuit with a detachable tulle skirt. The crystal belt adds a bit of silver bling to brighten the outfit.

Chloe Dao jumpsuitMake a statement in comfort with this jumpsuit from Houston designer Chloe Dao. Photo by Chloe Dao


This sequin tank from River Island at Nordstrom makes a great closet staple with jeans, used as a basic layering piece, or worn with heels and a skirt. It will also outlast the concert and can be worn throughout winter and spring.

Nordstrom sequin topDazzle in a sequin top; it is perfect for layering or great on its own. Photo by Nordstrom

Saint Bernard

The Beyoncé concert is the perfect place to be as extra as you want with sequins, sparkles, and fringe. These sequin flare pants from Saint Bernard in River Oaks District will elevate nearly any outfit and be styled either dressy or casual.

Saint Bernard sequin flare pantsThese sequin flare pants are available from Saint Bernard in River Oaks District. Photo by Saint Bernard

Saks Fifth Avenue

No Renaissance World Tour outfit is complete without the right accessories, and this Rag & Bone metallic bucket hat is perfect for just about any look. Sweaty hair, don't care – the crinkled metallic effect and adjustable drawcord make this hat comfortable and fun.

Rag & Bone bucket hatThis Rag & Bone bucket hat goes with any look,Photo by Rag & Bone


Denim skirts are trending, making this Moschino Jeans fringe skirt the ultimate for the concert and the whole season. Pair it with boots and an over-the-top blouse, and you'll have room to dance freely throughout Bey's three-hour concert.

Tootsies Moschino Jeans fringe skirtPerfect for the concert and for the rest of the season. Photo by Moschino Jeans

Tres Chic

You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can never take Texas out of the girl, and these silver cowboy boots from Tres Chic are the ultimate proof. Turn any outfit into a stunner by styling them with jeans, a dress, or shorts.

Tres Chic bootsBeyoncé concert or not – these boots are a must. Photo by Tres Chic


Peeking at Renaissance World Tour outfits from across the globe, they all had one thing in common: metallic fringe accessories. This Festival Glam Rhinestone Fringe Belt from Windsor in the Galleria will elevate leggings, jeans, or an iconic LBD.

Windsor fringe beltTurn heads in this festival-inspired fringe belt. Photo by Windsor

Zadig & Voltaire

Yes, every concertgoer should slay in their outfit, but let's not forget that comfort is key. These sparkly High Flash Sneakers from Zadig & Voltaire will not only uplevel any outfit but make it easy to dance the night away and then keep going to the after-party.

Zadig & VoltaireThese high top sneakers are both comfortable and fashionable.Photo by Zadig & Voltaire

Zadig & Voltaire

This Kate Wallet Sparkle Bag from Zadig & Voltaire is not only stunning and sparkly, but it is also small enough to keep just the basics – phone, keys, ID, and two lip glosses, of course.

Zadig & Voltaire metallic purseComplete any concert outfit with a small metallic bag. Photo by Zadig & Voltaire

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Booming Houston burb's top U.S. rank for holiday spending leads week's top stories

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Editor's note: It's time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.

1. Wealthy Houston suburb boasts the 10th biggest holiday spenders in U.S. Shoppers in the affluent Houston suburb are expected to spend $3,316 this festive season.

2. Retro Montrose pizzeria scores coveted spot on Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America list. The restaurant looks like a Gen X fantasy, but thankfully the pizza is up to today's standards.

3. Inside the new La Griglia: Murals are out, tableside touches are in, and more. "We took this restaurant a little more upscale," senior executive Brandon Busch explains.

4. Romantic River Oaks mansion boasting coveted neighborhood rarity lists for $11.5M. Inviting, yet secluded, rustic, but elegant, it offers everything a modern homebuyer needs.

5. Cozy neighborhood restaurant from Common Bond team opens doors on Heights' 11th Street. The diverse menu caters to a wide range of tastes.

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill's guitars,  flashy duds, and more hit Dallas auction

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A massive collection of guitars, fancy clothes, boots, and other memorabilia belonging to the bassist from rock band ZZ Top makes its Dallas premiere. Julien’s Auctions presents “The Collection of Dusty Hill of ZZ Top," a three-day auction taking place December 7-9 in Dallas at 915 Slocum Street and online at Julien's Live.

The auction will feature nearly 1,200 lots showcasing Dusty Hill's one-of-a-kind instruments, Western style wardrobe worn on stage and in appearances, gear, documents, favorite cowboy hats, boots, buckles, and memorabilia. As a prelude, the collection will be on display at 915 Slocum Street through December 7.

A Dallas native who passed away in 2021, Hill was notorious for his collection of stuff, some of which was already sold off in an estate sale in Houston in 2022.

The auction's headlining item will be Hill’s fur bass guitar played on the “Legs” music video. The 1983 Dean Explorer style bass, in sheepskin finish with ZZ Top logo painted on the fretboard, was attached to a rig worn around Hill’s waist to make it spin. They're predicting it will fetch $80,000 to $100,000.

Another offering is Hill’s signature 1953 Fender Precision bass guitar, and most-played instrument by Hill out of all the guitars in this collection. The bass was heavily used by Hill and served as his go to stage guitar for numerous ZZ Top live performances and in the studio until Dusty retired the bass in 2012 due to road wear.

Fans will find a museum-like exhibition created a la “Dusty Land” with instantly recognizable items on display, such as:

  • Circa 1983 Wayne Charvel, Custom Eliminator Hot Rod car-shaped bass guitar in custom red and yellow Eliminator hot rod finish previously displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
  • Circa 1960s Fender body Telecaster bass guitar, in grey / blue finish with custom pinstriping by Houston artist Jim Carnifax done in 1983, used in “Gimme all your Lovin" and "Sharp Dressed Man" music videos
  • An MTV Moonman award statuette presented to Dusty Hill for Best Group Video "Legs" at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards ceremony held in 1984
  • Bald eagle jacket by Manuel with talons and feather accents down sleeves, accented with prong-set stones, with personalized "Dusty Hill" Manuel label
  • Black leather motorcycle jacket with custom painted skeleton motif, eagle head pins on lapel, and silver spike embellishments with "StreekLandslide" written on the back

Special wall displays feature a horseshoe ring of hats, awards, Elvis Presley memorabilia, cowboy boots, and Western style accessories.

”Dusty treasured all of the items in this auction and it means so much to me that the fans, whom he loved, will have an opportunity to own something from his personal collection. He would be so happy to know that this auction will benefit other musicians in need through the efforts of MusiCares,” says his widow "Chuck" in a statement.

"The Collection of Dusty Hill" was previously exhibited at Julien’s international exhibitions in Kildare, Ireland, and then in New York at Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. It's currently on display at 915 Slocum Street through December 7. Photos of auction items can be seen here. The exhibition is free and open 12-8 pm weekdays, 10:30 am-6:30 pm on Saturday-Sunday December 2-3.

Hill's widow Chuck's involvement is notable. Houstonians may recall that a sale purporting to be "official" Dusty Hill items was not — and ultimately forced a cease and desist from Hill and her attorney. The experience left Charleen "Chuck" Hill "devastated," though she found no fault with media outlets that reported the sale as it was presented (including CultureMap): “you were misled too, just like the fans,” she told us.

The Rustic's co-owner dishes on his Tex-Mex future, plus our visit to Rumi's

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On this week’s episode of “What’s Eric Eating,” Kyle Noonan joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss Free Range Concepts. The Dallas-based hospitality group operates four restaurants and bars in Houston: Bowl & Barrel and The Generic Public in CityCentre and two locations of its concert venue The Rustic in downtown and Uptown Park.

The conversation begins with Noonan discussing his time working for Pappas Restaurants. From there, he partnered with his college room, finance professional Josh Sepkowitz, to open the first Bowl & Barrel in Dallas. The duo then partnered with Texas country music singer Pat Green on The Rustic, which becomes one of the highest grossing bars in Texas.

After discussing the company’s operations in Houston, including plans for possible new locations of both Bowl & Barrel and The General Public, Noonan shares that Free Range is looking beyond Texas. It has already committed to opening locations of The Rustic in Arizona, Denver, San Diego, Orlando, and Tampa and has eyes on potential locations in the Carolinas and Georiga. Any of those cities or states could also become home to Joe Leo Fine Tex-Mex, which is named for Noonan’s grandfather.

“We’re really interested in Tex-Mex outside of Texas, to be honest. I had experience with the Pappasitos brand. There is a real hunger for Tex-Mex outside of Texas,” Noonan says. He notes that the market for such a restaurant would include former Texas residents as well as people who are curious about the cuisine.

“We like to look for opportunities and low-hanging fruit,” he adds. “I see a lot of green space for Tex-Mex outside of Texas.”

Listen to the full interview to hear Noonan share why he likes to visit a city’s oldest restaurants when traveling instead of its hotspots.

On this week’s other episode, Sandler and co-host Michael Fulmer discuss the news of the week. Their topics include: the Houston return of Dallas Tex-Mex favorite Mi Cocina and Mexican bakery El Bolillo opening a new location in west Houston.

In the restaurants of the week segment, Fulmer and Sandler discuss their recent meal at Rumi’s Kitchen, the Atlanta-based Persian fine dining restaurant that recently opened next to Uchiko. They also share first impressions of Comalito, the new taqueria in the Houston Farmers Market led by star Mexican pastry chef Luis Robledo Richards. Finally, they describe their recent breakfast at Burnt Bean Co., the barbecue joint in Seguin that earned a finalist nomination in the 2023 James Beard Awards for Best Chef: Texas.