Stepping out

For Solange Knowles, fashion is political: “There is no way to avoid seeing me”

Solange Knowles (Casey Kelbaugh/The New York Times)

Solange Knowles took Miami Beach for Art Basel the only way she knew how: authentically, and wearing something fabulous. Profiled on a night out by the New York Times, the 29-year-old music artist and fashion icon opened up about her style and explained that for her, dressing isn’t just about the clothes. It’s about her identity.

“So many times in society black women try and blend in. I’ve always tried to find a way to feel closer to my natural self, to express my overall blackness. The moment I wear what I wear, you can see me,” she said. “There is no way to avoid seeing me.”

First known for her ability to rock just about any print ever made, Knowles now sticks to a more tempered look after facing “print fatigue” and moving to New Orleans with her husband, music video producer Alan Ferguson. “Prints draw a lot of attention, and I wanted to blend in with the city,” Knowles said. Fashion, to Knowles, provides an opportunity to speak politically and make a statement to the world. “Fashion is political,” she said. “Even in my connection to prints, I’ve been making a political statement.”

Name-dropping some of her personal style icons, like Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu, and Bjork, Knowles said the women she encounters on the streets of Brooklyn, where she splits her time, have the ability to wow her. “So many of them have been just killing it. They’re style icons for me.” Ladies of New York, Solange is watching! Dress accordingly.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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