She's getting braver! Beyonce showcases her post-baby curves for second night in a row… this time in sexy skintight sequins
The moment when you climb back into your heels, slip into a fitted gown and make up your face for the first time after giving birth is a daunting prospect for any new mother.
All the more piquant, of course, if it's not just your peers but the whole world waiting to gauge how you're bearing up (and more importantly how you look) after the emotional process.
Last night, Beyonce showcased her post-baby curves in a red Alice Temperley cocktail dress which was undeniably striking yet a deceptively safe choice.
Black magic: Beyonce poured her curves into an adventurously sexy dress to attend Jay-Z's Carnegie Hall concert tonight
Bolder and bolder: The red dress was a hit so Beyonce tried a racier look tonight, and guess what She pulled that off too
The colour was bold but the fabric and style were forgiving, and more importantly, simple.
It was a wise move as the 30-year-old looked picture perfect for the first night of her husband Jay-Z's two legged occupation of New York's Carnegie Hall.
And this triumph obviously emboldened the mother of little Blue Ivy, born only on January 7, as tonight the superstar went a step further by climbing into a more overtly sexy – and starry – little number.
The gown, by bridal favourite Monique Lhuillier, was skintight and sprinkled with sequins that dotted across the frock's sweetheart neckline and up across the nude netting atop the singer's cleavage.
Ivanka Trump is back to her pre-pregnancy slenderness six months after giving birth to her first child
Keeping it simple: Ivanka's look was elegant and time-tested by women everywhere
Netting is popular this season, and
allows a sexy dress to ooze that Jessica Rabbit va-va-voom while
affording the wearer a modest elegance.
It's perfect for creating that paradox of flaunting and covering up, all at once.
Not that Beyonce needs to hide her
figure, the skintight dress would betray the slightest lump or bump,
with the sequins amplifying their pesky existence – and nothing showed.
Hell for leather: But Nicky's outfit was pure heaven in all aspects
Brightening the place up: Models Chanel Iman and Karolina Kurkova steered clear of black in their eye-catching outfits
Fans: Singer Josh Groban and actor Peter Sarsgaard were lucky enough to be in the crowd
She accessorised the look with Gucci shoes, a Chanel purse, Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and the bounciest of celebrity curls.
If last night was about testing the water, tonight she jumped straight back in.
It's been just six months since
Ivanka Trump gave birth to her first child, Arabella Rose, and she's
back to her pre-pregnancy slenderness.
Like Beyonce, the 30-year-old radiates the glow of motherhood from every pore.
Celebration: Nick Cannon was joined by New York Giants star Victor Cruz, who was fresh from the Super Bowl ceremony
Let the victory parade continue: Giants stars Chris Canty and Ahmad Bradshaw were along to party, too
The multi-millionaire also chose
black for her dress tonight, but opted for the kind of classic LBD
that's not just for celebrities, but a friend to any new mother.
She opted for luxurious accessories to complement the obsidian column; with matching cut-glass necklace and bracelet and an elegant mock croc clutch.
Nicky Hilton, 28 , also joined the ebony angels by daring to squeeze into leather trousers that looked fabulous with a star-emblazoned sweater and Louboutin's patent Pigalle heels.
Host with the most: Jay-Z looked as fetching as his wife in this white blazer as he entertained the crowd
Men in black: Jay greets Nas on stage as they prepare to duet
Empire State of Mind: Jay and Alicia Keys sing their famous tune
Models Chanel Iman and Karolina Kurkova provided a little diversion from the gothic hue in a yellow dress and red wool and leather creation, respectively.
Also scrubbing up well for the evening were New York Giants stars, fresh from their victory ceremony at City Hall.
Victor Cruz, Chris Canty and Ahmad Bradshaw all chatted happily to Nick Cannon as they posed for pictures on the red carpet.
Getting prepared: Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beats ate at Nobu earlier in the day