Solange is just so effortlessly cool, you know? I've been following the "Losing You" singer on Instagram for a while, waiting for updates on new music and trying to figure out how exactly she puts together those flawless outfits of hers. (Full disclosure: Mixing colors is not my strong suit—and don't get me started on prints—which is why Solange is a never-ending style inspiration.) Turns out, style runs in the family.
"When I look back at old pictures, my dad was always smartly dressed, my mom had the most elegant, beautiful style, and my sister was very into the ’90s Cross Colours look, and I…" says Solange, "just had all of these different things inside me… It’s interesting how the past comes back full circle and then it becomes more refined."
Before we go back to Solange, can we all just mentally take a moment to imagine Baby Bey in Cross Colours? R.I.P., me.
Solange on the cover of 'Essence.'
Photo: Essence Magazine
Hair is officially the biggest accessory for spring, at least in the world of editorial spreads with our favorite female musicians. We kind of called this one after seeing Solange’s angled 'fro in a Harper’s Bazaar feature and V Magazine’s very hairy music issue covers—now Essence magazine has confirmed our inkling with their May 2014 issue dedicated to the topic of natural hair. Fittingly, the magazine tapped Solange, Erykah Badu, and Ledisi—ladies whose hair (and music and style) we’ve always admired—to be the alternate cover stars.
Predictably, they all nailed it. Solange and Badu wore toned-down makeup, all the better to show off their wild curls. In a behind-the-scenes video, we get a closer look at their outfits. For the shoot, Solange stuck with a pastel palette, wearing a reverse-racerback, white lace crop top and mint crocheted skirt on the cover and an ostrich-feather-covered strapless dress and a pink floral jacket inside the issue.
Solange for 'Harper's Bazaar.'
Photos: Harper's Bazaar
Here we were thinking Solange just grabs whatever is in her closet and heads out the door (you know, ***Flawless style). But in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she reveals there's actually a method to her covetably fearless bright dressing. Sol says, "You can pull images of me from seven to 14 years ago and I was absolutely nuts. I have always been drawn to interesting pieces and colors, but I didn't quite know how to limit myself and make those statement pieces work." Solange doesn’t exactly give away her magic in the pages of the feature, but she does hint that reorganizing her closet helped her "develop a style that felt like [her]."
Angel Haze, Solange, and Holland Roden at New York Fashion Week.
Photos: Getty Images
Now that we're on Day Five of New York Fashion Week, we've grown familiar with who is in New York and attending shows. (Anna Kendrick is all over, to the point where I think she may have cloned herself.) Angel Haze, Solange, and Holland Roden attended shows yesterday (it was Solange and Holland's first appearance at this year's Fashion Week), so we have a feeling we'll see some new faces as the event draws to a close.
While Angel Haze walked in DKNY's show over the weekend, she sat front row at 3.1 Phillip Lim's show yesterday in a semi-metallic suit and matching light-purple hair. Solange attended the Milly show doing what she does best: wearing bold-colored clothes. It's not easy to pull off orange, bright blue, and pink, but obviously Solange managed. After her five-show front row streak at last year's Fashion Week, Holland Roden appeared at Alice + Olivia's show looking very schoolgirl-chic in a plaid skirt and bow-print sweater.
Solange just released a TON of sneak-peek pics from her "Girls of Blaze" Disc Collection campaign for Puma, and you better grab your sunglasses because this ish is BRIGHT. Her debut as art director for the sporty kicks brand dropped in November, and while the focus there was prints on prints on prints, these ads are all about color on color on color. And we are INTO IT.
On a recent Instagram spree under her new music label’s account, Saint Heron, Solange Knowles posted some very sunny pictures of her wearing her signature bright colors and showing off her flair for pattern mixing. But after a little sleuthing, it appears that these looks could be from a photoshoot with Cosmopolitan for their March 2014 issue, which would make total sense. Solange has always had a knack for springtime style. In fact, her wardrobe is like a how-to guide for wearing pastels without looking like a bag of Easter M&Ms. Those who suffer from all-black wardrobes and a fear of bold colors (*achem* what has two thumbs?), take note!
Judging by this spread and Miley Cyrus’ recent new look, slip dresses are poised for greatness this spring. Solange embraces the trend with a canary-yellow DKNY dress, only instead of going full-on ‘90s with a shag cardigan, hers is minimally styled with satin peep-toe mules from Sportmax and Jennifer Fisher rings. (Fun fact: J. Fisher is also a favorite of Sol's sister, Beyonce, who wore the brand to the Grammys with her Michael Costello gown.)
Solange celebrates the release of 'Saint Heron' wearing teal Pumas.
Photo: Getty Images
Today in “duh” news, Puma rolled out a new ad campaign featuring four budding “It” girls who were all hand-picked and art directed by singer/eBay curator/Queen of Mixed Prints, Solange Knowles. OK, so her role in the campaign isn’t ~exactly~ what we imagined, but we’ve had a sinking suspicion for a while now that Solange proooobably had something in the works with the increasingly stylish shoe brand. (We just thought it’d be more along the lines of, like, being the face, err, foot of the ad, or perhaps designing some special edition print-heavy kicks.)
Pharrell and Solange at the eBay Today launch
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Solange and Pharrell both have inimitable style, and each artist is almost known as much for their fierce fashion sense as they are for their music. (Almost.) So, it's no wonder that eBay tapped the two (along with a slew of other influential creatives) to curate personal collections for the site's new social element, eBay Today.
Today allows users to create profiles and collections (not unlike Pinterest), filled with inspirational/want-worthy items found around eBay. But the best part is, you can ~actually~ buy the things people post—including items directly plucked up by Knowles and Williams. SO. COOL. To help you get started down the rabbit hole of inspirational shopping, we picked out five of the coolest items from both artists' collections. Check them out after the jump, and visit eBay Today to peep the site's newest feature in full.