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Solange Knowles Channels Donna Summer @ Ermenegildo Zegna “Essenze” Collection Launch Event In NYC

animated gifSolange Knowles was snatched on the grey carpet at the Ermenegildo Zegna “Essenze” Collection Launch Event in NYC. She wore this gorg’ two slit Silk Double Knit Jersey Dress (this dress is on sale for $225.00), and had a mean walk in B Brian Atwood ‘Labrea’ Corded Snakeskin Sandals. Solo accessorized with Lady Grey Jewelry pieces Tex Triangle Ring, Horizontal Ring, Punch Ring, and the Arc Cuff. For those that don’t know, Solange Knowles is Lady Grey’s  first store curator. Her hairstyle for the event is reminiscent to how Donna Summer‘s used to wear her hair back in the day.

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Solange Knowles Is The Cover Girl For The November 2012 Issue Of ELLE South Africa

Shortly after the release of Solange Knowles new video for her single “Losing You” which was filmed in Cape town, South Africa… Solo now graces the cover of ELLE South Africa November 2012 Issue. The entire ELLE South Africa staff said that their experience with Solo was memorable. Check out what everyone had to say their experience with the humble Solange:

Araffa Mpungwe, fashion intern:

I got to make Solange rooibos tea – one teaspoon of sugar and no milk. I thought I would be immune to being starstruck, but I made sure to remember her order like I do my ID number. Fantastic two days on set. All in all, it was an exhilarating experience.

Asanda Sizani, fashion editor:

Solange is a true ELLE Belle. Her eclectic, vibrant style inspires so many people. Not only is she a style icon, she juggles motherhood and  her career seamlessly too. I was with the ELLE team to meet Solange the day before the shoot at Roodebloem Studios. The day was set aside for Solange to try on all the outfits the fashion department had sourced.

She walked in dressed in a tangerine blazer, fuchsia wide-leg pants and bright lips. She was warm, open and friendly. After a meeting with Jackie, she quickly selected the pieces she loved the most. My highlight was Solange picking out and putting on the Loin Cloth & Ashes shorts, Tart top and Pichulik rope bracelets. As soon as she emerged from the changing room, I thought: ‘That’s the cover outfit.’

She teamed brights, prints and different textures, and wore clothes by South African designers. I love the cover – it’s my favourite one of the year. The yellow background is perfect for her sunny personality. This was a big fashion coup for us, and I am proud to be part of the ELLE team.

Lynette Botha, beauty editor:

It was amazing to see Solange in person; her bubbly personality shines through and she is such a natural beauty. I love that she embraces her natural hair and she has flawless skin, but I must say, she was even more striking after she stepped out of the hair and make-up room. Hairstylist Kevin Epstein worked his magic and make-up artist Algria Ferreira used Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation on her skin (she is the face of this amazing new foundation range), as well as adding bright, matte orange lips. I felt so lucky to be on set and see the whole thing come together.

Jackie Burger, editor:

There are moments in an editor’s world that go beyond our wildest dreams, but then again, some of them come true precisely because we have the power to imagine – and because we are constantly entertaining ideas that will whet your appetite for the unexpected and delight you with the style and substance ELLE stands for.

Poppy Evans, fashion director:

Shooting Solange Knowles was an amazing experience, but not one without challenges. When styling models, it’s great if they like the clothes, but they never get a say in the wardrobe choices. Shooting celebrities, especially those of Solange’s status, is another story altogether. Solange didn’t want to wear everything that I suggested to her, but, thanks to her amazing personal style, this wasn’t a sartorial issue. It was really encouraging to see how much she appreciated our local designers and in today’s market we need the kind of exposure that people like Solange can provide for South African talent. She was completely natural in front of the camera and it was amazing to see her perform and sing.

Jenna Robbertse, deputy editor:

The last shot of the day was my best moment. The shoot was a huge success. She looked fantastic and the team worked exceptionally hard on the project. It was a ‘phew, we did it’ moment.

Sarah Koopman, features writer:

The drive to the airport seemed to take forever and I had to constantly remind myself to breathe – I am a huge fan of the Knowles family. Even after a long flight, Solange still looked fresh and beautiful and greeted us all so warmly.

My interview with her was an incredible experience. We sat in her penthouse at 15 on Orange on the Thursday night and chatted while she had her nails done. It didn’t feel like a formal interview at all, and we chatted our way through the points I wanted to cover. The sense I got throughout the interview was that she is a real person; a young mom who is doing what she loves.

Tarryn Oppel, fashion editor:

A highlight for me, besides meeting her of course, was seeing her work her magic in the studio. At one stage there was a total of 15 minutes where I just stood and watched her – it was such a ‘pinch me, I must be dreaming’ moment. Being able to witness all the pre-production work come together is something I’ll never forget, and I felt so proud to be part of the ELLE team.

What  Solange wore on the cover: Tart top, Loin Cloth & Ashes shorts, and Pichulik rope bracelets. To view behind-the-scenes footage of Solange embasking in South Afirican designer fashions click here.

Solange Knowles Gives Elle Magazine A Tour Of Her Humble Brooklyn Abode

gif animatorSolange Knowles allowed Elle Magazine to take a tour of her home in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn while hosting a dinner/dance party with friends. Solange describes her abode as a “sunshine 365, tepee-in-the-backyard.” (Elle) Her design aesthetic consist of a “mixture of colors, patterns, and high-low designers.” (Elle) This fashionista left no area in the house off-limits. Check out a few of Solo’s quotes.

Solo on how her wardrobe and decor differ: “I had a moment when I looked at my closet and I was like, ‘Whoa, I really don’t have any basics.’ And with my house, I wanted to find a balance of having great colors and patterns but also a really livable, warm, serene space.”

Solo on entertaining guest: “My motto is ‘Just keep it chill.’ ”


Solange Knowles Doesn’t Get Too Invested In The Fashion World

make a gifOne of my favorite style icon’s Solange is featured in the latest issue of  Lurve Magazine.  She had an open discussion about her hair, fashion choices, Carol’s Daughter, and  having less boundaries than Beyoncé growing up. This wouldn’t be an interview without a fab fashion spread.








Solange on  having less boundaries than Beyoncé growing up: ” I think your parents set so much structure in the first child because it’s so  new and fresh, and you are trying to do everything right, and by the second one  you’re like, ‘Eh, they’ll be okay.” In one way, I think that my parents’ leniency really allowed me the freedom  and experiences to be a very independent thinker. In a lot of ways, I had the  freedom to really explore the world. They trusted me and I really tried to hold  value in that. That is, until I got pregnant. [laughs]”

Solange on her hair:

I made some comments on Twitter recently about an article someone sent me  that a young writer wrote about how much energy we are putting into other  people’s natural hair. I thought it was really interesting, and in a lot of ways  true. That is until I came across the part of the article that mentioned how  certain commenters were debating on the texture of my hair in its natural  state.

I really, truly was not even aware that there was a natural hair system in  place to measure the texture of your hair. At that point I thought to myself, “This is really kind of crazy…that these people know more about my hair than the  human that even carries it!” I went to my Twitter and sort of impulsively  expressed that. I don’t regret it one bit but sometimes trying to put how you  feel in an one-hundred forty character structure is not very successful. It  sometimes comes off as ranty and aggressive, and that was not my stance at  all.”

Solange on her personal style:
“I look at some of my fashion choices back in the day… You know how people say, ‘Who let her walk out of the house that way?’ Oh believe me, I had the people and they tried, but I resisted the arrest! Life is supposed to be about experimenting and going for it, especially in your twenties. So I have to just go for it, and laugh later. Having a sense of humor is really the key to keeping my sanity. Not taking myself or others too seriously.  Once I really defined my expectations in terms of how to navigate through the fashion world without getting myself too invested, I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun,”

Solange on breaking off her partnership with Carol’s Daughter: “I’m actually no longer a part of Carol’s Daughter, but throughout my entire time working with them, I was constantly fighting for the right message to be heard: the way we wear our hair is a personal choice, there’s no right or wrong way; one way doesn’t make us more intelligent, or more superficial, and everyone makes that choice for very different reasons.”

Solo you don’t have to explain your  hair or fashion choices to anyone. Just do you!

Who Should Be The October 2011 Style Icon? Vote

Below I have listed the nominees for the October 2011 Style Icon. I will do a post on the winner in three weeks so make sure you vote on whom you feel should win.

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Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles is an actress, mother, song writer, musician and most notably Beyonce’s younger sister. Over the years Solange has morphed into a sought after fashionista. Solange notes ” her mother Tina Knowles, Diana Ross, The Fela Kuti Queens, Björk, ’70s-era Chaka Khan, Chloë Sevigny and ’90s Erykah Badu” as her style hero’s. Solange secret style weapon is, “Shoes! I’m all about the shoes! I order a ton of them online and play with my entire wardrobe until I find the right shoe.” Solange says if her style were summed up in one song it would be Q-Tip’s ‘Vivrant Thang.’ SOURCE

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Rachel Bilson

Rachel had this to say about her style, “I’m constantly trying new things and experimenting,” says Bilson. So I never really settle on one style. By the time I figure out how to define my look, I’m usually ready to move on to something else. I’m a huge fan of Helmut Lang for everyday items that are comfortable, easy to throw on, and always look good. If I wear jewelry, it’s almost always one statement piece that feels like it could have been a family heirloom.”  SOURCE

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow style has not changed a lot over the years because she knows that simplicity is chic. Gwyneth has the minimalist trend down to a tee. Gwyneth also knows that sometimes wearing pieces in a popping color can make any person take notice. It seems  that Calvin Klein is her favorite designer as of now probably due to his less- is- more design ethic.

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Genevieve describes her style as, “It’s classic taken to the edge. I just like to have fun and think I look great when I walk out the house. I anticipate every designer’s new collection each season. I looovvve dressing up! I don’t have ‘bad days’ with frocks. I keep my already tiny closets half empty, filled, and spread out with only great pieces. I don’t have anything that practical and/or any fillers lurking around but I take my American Apparel very seriously!  I may wear the same outfit four days in a row but at least I’m confident it’s a really chic outfit.” Genevieve  on her fashion icons, My fashion icon is a tie between Charlotte Rampling and Donyale Luna. With Charlotte, it wasn’t so much about her style—she is just so beautiful, she personifies “cool.” It’s her spirit I find fashionably iconic. With Donyale, she embodied fashion and turned it into life. I saw a picture of her in black lace up thigh-high boots and black vinyl pants and I made my mom take me shopping on Decateur Street [New Orleans] to get that look the day I saw her. I fell in love… I was 14. Genevieve ‘s favorite designers include, “Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen (they get their own row). I love Rodarte, YSL, Christopher Kane, Balenciaga, Etro, Givenchy, Elise Overland, Alexander Wang, threeASFOUR, Thakoon, Kai Kühne, Jonathan Saunders, Bernhard Wilhelm, J. Mendel, Nina Ricci… Everybody!” SOURCE

Vote for who you think should be crowned “Style Icon.”