Snapshot: Solange Knowles by Paul Costello For Elle Magazine September 2012

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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