A Week in the Style of Solange Knowles

17 September 2010

Make room Beyonce, there’s space for two fabulous Knowles sisters in fashion town! Yes the lovely B may have had the priviledge of modelling in Tom Ford’s ultra exclusive debut show of his eponymous womenswear line, but it’s been baby sibling Solange who’s been paintingthe NYFW tents red (pink, blue, green and everything in between) this ast week. And whilst ‘Yonce brings the bling and the booty, Solange has a quirkier take on dressing – mixing and matching, picking up a trend, dropping it, and then trying out some cool under-the-radar brands too. And her magnificent afro adds further brownie points – cool hair can have a far greater impact on your look than accessorising, we think. So Solange, show us what you got…

HA! In. Your. Face. Kanye! Solange totally outshines Mr West (even though he’s wearing such a masculine pink jacket and white-everything-else) in her Jeremy Scott A/W’10 dress. Doesn’t that print remind you of the turtle in Super Mario Bros?

Thick stripes are du rigour, ladies! Everyone at fashion week’s rocking them in a 1960s beatnik way. But it’s good to see Solange taking the trend and making it her own. The mustard shirt against her flippy, striped skirt is totally unexpected, but, along with gold pointy toes and a clashing box clutch it somehow just works.

No one rocks a tribal number quite like Knowles Jr. We loved her crazy Boxing Kitten dress she wore in the summer (seriously check them out at boxingkitten.com, the line is super cool). Solange’s fabric clash on the front row of Luca Luca could’ve been OTT, but pared down accessories and a perfect fit keep her look in line.

Oh, now this is very cute indeed. Solange looks great in tailoring, but she always adds a twist. See the sheen on the shorts? The weird ruching on the top? The white Peter Pan collar? The leopard print clutch and twisty boots? Those little details make this fairly simple idea stand out.

Just when we thought statement shoulders were R.I.P, along comes Solange's totally loco get-up to make them look kinda cool again. The only thing we’d change here are the shoes (too chunky) but otherwise, good effort.

For the Max Azria show, Solange went cool and casual in a very of-the-moment belted chunky-knit cardi layered over a drape midi dress. The pop of turquoise from her clutch and burnt orange shoes add personality.

Last, but by no means least, we have another monochrome tailoring look from the popstrel. Cigarette pants + a silky blouse is the new fash pack uniform but Solange’s styling tricks like a silky turban will separate her from the crowd.

- Hannah Almassi 


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