August 20th, 2012
Snapshot, Solange Knowles
Snapshot: Solange Knowles by Paul Costello For Elle Magazine September 2012
By Claire

Solange, in a Madewell blouse and skirt and Pierre Hardy shoes, preps the dining room with Julez; a Malick Sidibé photograph hangs in the background.

Solange Knowles by Paul Costello for Elle Magazine September 2012.
An excerpt, “When 26-year-old fashion It Girl Knowles—who can somehow mix colors, patterns, and high-low designers in a way that’s frenetic yet chic—and her music-video-director boyfriend, Alan Ferguson, moved to Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, a year ago from what she describes as a “sunshine 365, tepee-in-the-backyard” L.A. existence, they single-handedly upped the neighborhood’s already-astronomical cool factor. Even though it was her superstar sister who’d been prodding her for six years to move to Brooklyn, setting up here allows her to stay close to family—Beyoncé and baby Blue stop by for family dinners, and Solange uses Bey and Jay’s TriBeCa home to get ready for events—while establishing a life that is refreshingly distinct from her older sister’s spotlight. While Beyoncé tours the world in high-concept Mugler, Solange has her own way of doing things: She walks Julez to school every day, is an Opening Ceremony shopper who pairs Marni with Missoni, and deejays fashion fetes for Ferragamo and Tiffany & Co. (We suspect Solange’s mix-master style inspired her sister’s recent penchant for ikat.) Solange also lends her candy-sweet soul singing to hipster-approved indie bands, including Of Montreal, and is working on a third, ’80s-inspired album of her own. Her much-blogged-about taste recently caught the eye of Madewell fashion director Kin Ting Lee, who chose her as the face of the brand’s fall campaign. Says Lee: “She looks amazing in pretty much everything.””

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20 Responses to “Snapshot: Solange Knowles by Paul Costello For Elle Magazine September 2012”

  1. There is very little Solange does without cool, humor, and style: this spread merely solidifies that truth. Love it.

  2. tasha says:

    Loving the spread… Solo house seem really nice. Loving the mix of pattern and chic of her house. Smitten with Jules in the shoot.

  3. Marsha D says:

    *swoon* thus I love her more and more…no homo :-)

  4. Caribbelle says:

    Love her apartment. It definitely screams cool spot to live and entertain!

  5. Gigi Young says:

    Solange is really living that hipster life. It looks stylish and amazing, yet so hackneyed at the same time.

  6. Kimberly says:

    I love how full of style she is, her son ,her friends and her apartment is the vision of Brooklyn cool.

  7. CA says:

    Hey Solange, can I be one of your friends? I’m stylish, hot, and I can handle my alcohol…

  8. Soul Touch says:

    Beautiful spread, gotta love me some Solange!


    LOL that’s what I’m saying. lol

  9. Dion says:

    hahaha! @CA can I cosign on this please?
    She is just beyond cool man!

  10. reesha says:

    Solange, can do no wrong in my eyes she’s FLY!!

  11. uh huh says:

    Can she stop being so damn perfect. It’s starting to disgust me lol :p I like her influence on Beyonce’s style too.

  12. ebby says:

    @ Gigi– love your comment. looks amazing but tired and a little forced.

  13. Love Solange, she has grown so much and her sense of style is just amazing.

  14. LaTasha says:

    I love this!! Her style has grown into something so amazing.

  15. LoudPen says:

    Solange is dooopee! Loves this chick. She has been flawless in my eyes since the Puppy Love video. I always knew she was gonna be a superstar just like Big Sis. But I love how she chose and followed her own path. And this pic is sooo Brooklyn!

  16. lola says:

    I met Solange at The Gutter in Brooklyn and she was super fly. She is incredibly personable and just “real.” She even had to keep in check a few times when I was trying to bullsh*t her lol Love her so much. She is even more gorgeous in person and smaller too.

  17. Tamara says:

    Will have to pick it up just for the piece on her.

  18. dyshaun says:

    I dont like Elle. Will def. buy this one tho!

  19. SHAQ NICHOLE says:

    Loooove me some Solo!!! SMH…I wanna be doown…(Brandy song) lol..she seems so fly!!! Definitely will have to pick-up this mag! And I’m so loving her shoes 3rd pic!

  20. endESQ says:

    Love Solo!!! Can’t wait to go pick up an Elle this afternoon!

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