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Solange Gets RETRO FAB For "The Evening Standard," Talks Good Sex, Good Music & Fashion

The ridiculously fabulous Solange Knowles is featured in the UK publication The London Evening Standard as the fashion world's new IT girl.  And we agree.  The colorful, inspired, confident and unapologetically fly chick is showing off her retro glam looks while dishing on her improved sex life, her summer album, being besties with her big sister Beyonce (and new niece Blue Ivy) and more.

 

Pics and interview snippets inside...

Shot on location at the luxe Bowlmor Lanes bowling alley at Times Square NYC, Solange taps into vintage (with a futuristic edge on some) glam looks for the occasion.  The free spirited 25-year-old even explained why women who love others and themselves dress better.

The VOGUE blogger, Carol's Daughter & Rimmel spokeswoman and singer songwriter showcased her usual color-heavy style that we love.  And in the shoot, she makes bowling shoes, bowling pins, bowling lanes, and a random palm tree look all kinds of fab:

Bra top: Nina Ricci; Skirt: Versace; Shoes: Sergio Rossi; Earrings: Lanvin; Necklace: Vanessa Arizaga; Sunglasses: A-Morir

T-shirt & skirt: Giles at Joseph; Hat: Victoria Grant; Shoes: Louis Vuitton; Bracelet: Prada.

Satin coat, bodysuit and earrings: Prada; Swarovski embellished shoes: Viktor & Rolf.

Top: Diane von Furstenberg; Latex collar: Atsuko Kudo; Latex hotpants: William Wilde; Sunglasses: Giles for Cutler and Gross; Necklace & bracelet: Prada.

Fur jacket: Frankie Morello; Bra top and skirt: Atsuko Kudo; Shoes: Prada; Earrings: Miu Miu; Necklace: Balenciaga.

 

Here's parts of her interview in full (we wouldn't want to take things out of context or anything):

Today, despite the torrential rain, she’s wearing an aqua green oversized sweater, flared hot-pink Armani trousers, brown Fendi heels and a decidedly unwaterproof leopard-print faux-fur coat. ‘Wow,’ she says, smiling. ‘Really not the best day to ride my bike here!’

She’s happy and contented, living with her new boyfriend, the video director Alan Ferguson, putting the finishing touches to her third album, which she hopes to release in June, and raising her son Julez, now seven. Recently, of course, she also became an aunt: ‘That was really, really insane,’ she says of the press coverage of her niece Blue Ivy’s birth. ‘Such an invasion of privacy.’ Has she offered Beyoncé any parenting advice? ‘No, I really feel like because I had my son so young, I didn’t want everyone’s help,’ she says. ‘I think people felt entitled to give advice, so I’m always very sensitive to mums and letting them feel their way out. But there have been times when she’ll ask, “Did Julez do this? Did this ever happen with Julez?” And I’ll gladly give her advice. I’m in a really good place, and I think things are evolving because of that. Professionally, personally, I think that over the last three years I’ve just had a lot more stability, a lot more clarity about where I want to be and how I want to get there.’ Finally, it seems, Solange is ready to step out from her sister’s shadow into a spotlight very much her own.

Although she and [Julez's father Daniel] Smith broke up in 2007 (Solange moved to LA, where she completed her second album, a 1960s-inspired concept record informed by the Motown she had been listening to in Idaho), the experience of living in the countryside proved a formative one, and Solange continued her songwriting in a local studio. ‘I’d have to time it around the baby’s naps,’ she says. ‘And make sure he wasn’t crying in the background on demos.’ She continued writing ‘all of these Sixties songs... I would send them to my publisher [EMI] and would check every day if someone was interested. This was before the retro vibe of Amy Winehouse and Adele... they were not very well received.’

I ask if sometimes she wants to keep the songs she writes for herself. [She has written album tracks for Kelly Rowland and four songs for her sister, including ‘Upgrade U’ and ‘Get Me Bodied’ when she was just 15.] ‘No, I actually get the same thrill from seeing someone else bring [my songs] to fruition,’ she says. ‘Especially someone like my sister who’s going to turn them into cultural milestones... I don’t enjoy all of the things that come with that. Like not being able to ride my bike here today and not being able to walk and pick up my son from school. I’ve been so scared that someone’s going to snap a picture of me with my hair like this!’ (It’s tied into little twists that fall listlessly around her angular, flawless face.)

One night, she sang some of her songs to her father. ‘And he told my mother, who said, “Oh, no. We don’t want you doing this, too. You can do anything in the world! You’re so smart.”?’ But why would her mother say that, when she’d been grooming her sister for stardom from day one? ‘I think she was nervous about me losing my childhood,’ says Solange. ‘My sister started at such a young age that this was her life for as long as she could remember.’ Did seeing the extremes of celebrity and success first-hand discourage her? ‘From a very early age I decided that I wanted to be able to do my music but still be able to live a normal life.’ She recorded a song and sent it to Columbia Records, who offered her an album deal. ‘I went into the meeting and said, “I want it to be clear that I want to write all of my music. I want to have control of that.” I had grown up around this.’ After a disagreement with the label, Solange had to promote the album, Solo Star, on her own. ‘I didn’t care. I didn’t need the money…’ She pauses. ‘It wasn’t very successful.’

Why isn’t she signed to a major label? ‘I don’t think there’s a need if you are able to fund it yourself and have a strong sense of development as an artist. It means you aren’t dependent on some A&R dude to position you with writers or producers or figure out your next direction,’ she says. ‘Major labels act as banks in terms of how they produce and release your album. No major label is really good or bad, they just 100 per cent operate as a business, which makes sense… no hard feelings.’

So how does the new album sound? ‘There’s a lot of sexual vibes on it. I think I just finally started having good sex,’ Solange says, before smiling a touch coquettishly. ‘This woman came up to me the other day and said, “You know, I think people dress a lot better when they’re in love with themselves, with other people, or with where their life is.”?’

I ask how she plans to reconcile her increased visibility with her desire for a normal life. ‘I think there’s a way to protect yourself,’ she says firmly. ‘I think the fact that I live here is very helpful. It’s about working it and not letting it work you, about being very selective about what you do and who you do it with.’ As we get up to leave, I ask if she gets to see Beyoncé, Jay-Z and her new niece a lot. ‘Yes. Actually, I invited them over for dinner tonight. I’m excited to see her; I haven’t seen her in a week and half.’ She wraps her coat around her, bracing against the weather. ‘You know, my sister and I truly are best friends.’ ES

Check out the interview in full at The Evening Standard's Life & Style section.

Credits: Hair by Chuck for Carol's Daughter at Jump/Make-up by Minha Khan and Randal Jacobs.

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I have to say...this is the

I have to say...this is the prettiest ever that I've seen Solange look. EVER. Whatever she's doing she needs to keep it up, I think she's finally found IT.
Anonymous's picture

OMG, these pics are all kinds

OMG, these pics are all kinds of fabulous!!!
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Stunning! She's really come

Stunning! She's really come into her own. I love her independent nature. She's always had that. I imagine being the little sister of a mega star is hard, but Solo has managed to find her own place in this world. LOVE her!
BK's picture

You are so right! I have to

You are so right! I have to admit, I wasn't a fan at first but this chick is all kinds of FAB. She has a 'Style". Big sis has a "STYLIST". Little sis rules!
DeeSC's picture

So Intelligent and Pretty in

So Intelligent and Pretty in her own way-these are really good pictures of her!
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FIERCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....Girl

FIERCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....Girl werk it! Love Solange's style.
Anonymous's picture

She looks stunning. I believe

She looks stunning. I believe these are some of the best pictures of her I've ever seen. Her fro looks beautiful, healthy and luscious.
MzTee's picture

Solange you look beautiful

Solange you look beautiful even if these pics are photoshop. you better go girl with yo pretty self. i want my hair like that now, now, now!.
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Solange is absolutely

Solange is absolutely everything WORK HONEY!!!
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Exquisite

Exquisite pics.....bellissimo....!!!!....perfection!
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Her hair has never looked

Her hair has never looked more perfect than it looks in this spread. My fro wants to be like hers when it grows up. The clothes look fabulous on her as well. Makes me fantasize about losing weight to get into them.....well that and hitting the lottery so I could afford them.
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Solange looks way better than

Solange looks way better than Beyonce's fake azz!
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YASSSS MS. SOLANGE KNOWLES

YASSSS MS. SOLANGE KNOWLES HONEY!! SHE IS TOO FIERCE, I CAN'T! THIS WOMAN LOOKS EFFORTLESSLY COOL AND SEXY-THAT NATURAL LOOKS GOOD ON HER!! GO AHEAD MS. SOLANGE, YOU ARE KILLING THESE WANNABE MODELS-YOU HAVE THE SWAG TO MAKE YOUR LOOK UNIQUE. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ON A RUNWAY WITH A MAJOR FASHION DESIGNER ON YOUR BACK-YOU ARE GOING SO FAR! YOUR SON SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS!
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I love this spread but these

I love this spread but these are photoshopped to the highest degree. And why is the interview more about Beyonce than Solange? I don't care how much she grinds, she will always be underground. IJS.
Anonymous's picture

And who cares? What is wrong

And who cares? What is wrong with being underground? If the charts are any indication, most of the music in mainstream is horrible anyway and from the article (if you bothered to read it), it seems as if she isn't interested in blowing up in the first place. There are fine musicians who make outstanding music which far exceeds the creativity of those you herald who, BY GOLLY, aren't worried about covering US Weekly or their private lives being splattered all over the blogs. IJS. Not everyone who gets in the industry craves super stardom.
Anonymous's picture

Who the fuck said there was

Who the fuck said there was anything wrong with it? Ya'll just get way too serious with your opinions on these people you don't even know I made a statement about a post on a gossip blog. What in the hell made you feel the need to comment on my comment? Get over yourself.
Anonymous's picture

I mean what more can you say

I mean what more can you say about Solange?....She"s SLAUGHTERIN' erry body in the GAME!!! This chick is beyond FAB!!!
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This chick is FAB. There are

This chick is FAB. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it!!! LOVES HER!
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she stay fly!!!

she stay fly!!! RUNDATBAKK_COM
Anonymous's picture

She has NO CLUE <---- how to

She has NO CLUE <---- how to "model".....Dead Look on her face and she the pics are heavily PhotoShopped (smh)
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I'm Female, 22, and just this

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Love the clothes, pics &

Love the clothes, pics & feature. Looking forward to Solange's 3rd album. Her Sol Angel album is the jam!
Anonymous's picture

Love the clothes, pics &

Love the clothes, pics & feature. Looking forward to Solange's 3rd album. Her Sol Angel is the jam!
Anonymous's picture

Love her!

Love her!
Mona's picture

she is

she is just...................................................wonderful. She look very pretty
Anonymous's picture

heiy.

heiy.
mixedsingle.com's picture

She looks fab. The person

She looks fab. The person hating on her talking about photoshop. We get enough photos of Solange at every party and everywhere she goes. Not too photoshopped here to me. My fatty sis is definitely photoshopped way more. To the person saying she is doing this to be relevant get real. She has a music style all her own. She does DJ. And people seem to want Solo to model because she has the look. Her sis does not have the look and is a fatty and is constantly forced on us. So, at this time, don't bring her up. Let Solange shine. She does look pure do fabulous. And it shows the potential for a much larger career for her in modeling.
AJ's picture

I'm Female, 22, and just this

I'm Female, 22, and just this Christmas had a brief encounter with a mature man. It was wonderful. We met via internet dating on this site: ---[Mi XedM α TCHing. C óM ]-It's where black white sing-les looking for someone to enjoy their lifestyle with. Come in and stay a while. Complete your profile. Post a message, a picture of yourself and check out the photo galleries. Give it a try, you will find someone you like here - ;) a good way to meet like-minded people, and he actually approached me first. It just so happens I like black man and he likes whtie woman around my age. We had an amazing day and later on he joined me at a hotel. It was like a fantasy come true. Amazing company, amazing sex too and a really warm and loving man. He will turn 36 this month, and my goodness what a connection we had that day. ❤❤❤❤Admires❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤Admires❤❤❤❤Admires❤❤❤❤ You could meet her/him at *** --- m'i'x'ed M'A'T'C'H' i n 'g '_c(0)m---
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Photoshop made her look the

Photoshop made her look the best she has ever look. Buy stock in it girl
Anonymous's picture

Photoshop made look the best

Photoshop made look the best she has ever look. Buy stock in it girl
Anonymous's picture

Are these people friends with

Are these people friends with anyone other then their family members?
Anonymous's picture

She is so transparent just

She is so transparent just like her sister..and truth be told..kellys moma was their nanny..and matthew slept with her and that's how Kelly was able to just "stay over" and never go home..the truth about dem knowels will come to the light one day soo..and we would all look good if we could afford prada and mui mui and such..fake...phoney and tired=da knowels family
Anonymous's picture

You make sense....but you

You make sense....but you still a hater
Anonymous's picture

The best I have seen her

The best I have seen her look. Still believe she is riding the modeling because of the Beyonce factor though.
Anonymous's picture

I love Solange, she is truely

I love Solange, she is truely her own woman and very intellectual. I dig her fashion sense and music as well.
IslandGyal's picture

She has no hips. But still

She has no hips. But still has a nice shape. Just nice long toned body with marvelous skin. Not curvy ,not to thin, but a good frame for a fashion forward look. I don't like the picture in the high waisted panties....ick.
Ashlea's picture

Still not really a fan but

Still not really a fan but the 2nd and third pics r nice...
Anonymous's picture

Solange is one BEAUTIFUL

Solange is one BEAUTIFUL lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Meupinhere's picture

"Beyonce is better looking

"Beyonce is better looking and more talented "music wise" but Solange has everything else. She is stylish, artistic, creative, out spoken, talented and REAL! anyways, is anyone else typing and then being switched to lala's page? it is super annoying." ----------------------------- dddbeat says: AGREE AGREE AGREE!
dddbeat's picture

Cute picts, my only question

Cute picts, my only question is we can wear a shirt and panties bowling now and be fashionable?
Anonymous's picture

Cute picts, my only question

Cute picts, my only question is we can wear a shirt and panties bowling now and be fashionable?
Anonymous's picture

My gurl is wurking IT...!!

My gurl is wurking IT...!! NATURAL IS SEXY..!! Move over EVERYONE including Bey..!! POW..!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Solange looks fabulous in the

Solange looks fabulous in the shoot! She is really killing the retro look. I do like how she switching up her look also....she changes it up and I like that!!
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