Tribute to Solange Knowles
There has always been something so fabulously effortless about Solange Knowles. The 34-year-old singer, songwriter, DJ, and performance artist has a true sense of self and serenity that feels unmatched in the hubbub of the celebrity world.
Although Knowles is often compared to her older sister, she has carved her own path musically and stylistically. She considers herself a songwriter first, and began writing lyrics at the age of nine. At age 14, she began working on her own album, Solo Star, which showcased her eclectic, contemporary R&B style, setting herself apart from her mainstream pop-star sister. Since her musical debut, Knowles’ music has continued to feel raw and experimental. Her album A Seat at the Table, released in 2016, was an innovative hybrid of different genres with beautiful interludes and spoken word. In fact, her music is so rich and distinctive that it can’t be boxed into any specific genre—it’s simply Solange’s style. Rolling Stone described A Seat at the Table as a record that “walks softly, speaks radically,” a description could be applied to the artist herself.
Aside from her musical style, Knowles has an equally distinctive fashion sense. By embracing chunky, textured, often oversized elements, Knowles tends to highlight her personal artistry and individuality and personality rather than her figure. Her style is an extension of her sound, her mood, and her personality—and her innovative nature allows her to fearlessly pull off bold colors, ever-changing hairstyles, and elegant, yet slouchy silhouettes.
Arguably one Knowles’ greatest sartorial highlights was her 2014 wedding to director Alan Ferguson in which guests all wore white in a joyous New Orleans celebration. Created by designer Humberto Leon for Kenzo, her elegant high-neck dress was adorned with a built-in cape and could be described as neither a minimalist nor a maximalist look—it was everything, all wrapped into one incredible showstopper. Three years later, designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s 2017 New York Fashion Week show included a live performance of “Rise” from A Seat at the Table. Unsurprisingly, the fashion line’s characteristic business suits in tailored oversized silhouettes paired well with Knowles’ laid-back chic vibes which cast a relaxed and confident mood over the show. Throughout the years, Knowles has proved time and time again her ability to appear effortlessly wild and calm, bold and light, all at once, stunning crowds with her impeccable style at events such as the Met Gala, the Parsons Benefit gala, and her own performances around the world.
It’s been rumored that Solange is one of the few celebrities who doesn’t work with a stylist and instead chooses all her own looks. And, honestly, I believe it. The rawness and authenticity in her aesthetic is not something a stylist can manufacture for someone, it has to come naturally—and for Solange Knowles, it does.