Category Archives: Solange Knowles

Solange Loves Her Prints

Solange Knowles – one of Vogue’s Best Dressed Woman of the year – proved the high-end style publication RIGHT yet again when she stepped out in a Derek Lam number with funky Giuseppe Zanotti heels and a Lanvin clutch at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City. Everything about this Lanre da Silva Ajayi Couture-inspired look screams out – winning. It’s no wonder Vogue picked Solange for two years in a row for their best dressed list.Thanks to the West African-inspired lace patterns on Solange’s Derek Lam ensemble, that cultural presence is definitely presented. #AfroHipster

Derek Lam Spring Summer 2013

DJ Solange was in effect at the Mexico City opening of H&M.

While we patiently await the follow-up to Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams aptly named True, check out snippets of new music from Solange (below) or over at AMAZON.com. (I’ve already called Losing You as my current favorite jam. My favorite track is ) Solange’s EP True hits stores on November 27th.

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Solange – Losing You Video

The long-awaited world premiere for Solange’s Losing You music video is over! You’ve seen the on-set photos. You’ve been the teaser trailer. Now here’s the video in all of Solange’s signature prints style galore! Solange truly nails down being the queen of prints. There’s so many great style moments from the video. There’s far too many things to choose which style moment that I loved from the well-dressed men in their suits to Solange’s quick wardrobe changes.  I also enjoyed the fact that the video was shot on location in South Africa! While you watch the Melina Matsoukas-directed video I’m adding it to my iTunes.

Solange explains to V Magazine the concept behind Losing You:

“When Melina [Matsoukas, director] and I decided to film ‘Losing You’ in South Africa, we really didn’t have a real firm concept in place. It was sort of a grab a camera and let’s go moment. I knew I wanted to capture a couple things: the vibe of our friendship and all of the crazy escapades we’ve gotten ourselves into all over the world and the abstract and elegant Le Sape society (Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance) formed in The Congo which was documented by Daniele Tamagni in his Gentleman of Bacongo book. We called Daniele to guide us, and some of my friends from New York came down to Cape Town and we all had a very damn good time.”

This song is giving me vintage 80s Janet Jackson vibes! I love that Solange is going back to that era of music. (Things on the radio can be repetitive right now. This is a breath of fresh air!) Here’s the info on the fashion credits and all who made Losing You flawless:

From an upcoming single on Terrible Records, out digitally 10-2
Song by Solange and Dev Hynes, produced by Blood Orange.

Director – Alan Del Rio Ortiz
Producers – Imogene Strauss & Jassine Chrisphonte
Director of Photography – Mike Simpson
Camera Assistant – Kyle Sather
Gaffer – Casey Wooden
Grip – Walter Egan
Editor – Victoria Chalk
Colorist – Seth Ricart
Production Assistant – Davey Jewell
Hair – Nikki Nelms
Makeup – Munemi Imai

Set Design & Art provided by:
Mickalene Thomas

Cast:
Solange Knowles
Cherie Camacho
Saada Ahmed
Lizzie Okpo
Darlene Okpo
Devonté Hynes
Jean Jersey klan
Jonathan Zeizel
Eliot Glass

Clothing provided by:
Kenzo
Opening Ceremony
DVF
J Crew
Suno

image credits – Terrible Records

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Cultural Loop: Obsessed With Solange’s Losing You Music Buzz


The wait is finally over. Solange Knowles, who CulturalToast.com would like to officially nickname Prints Empress**, has release a sneak preview for her music video, Losing You, off her follow-up to a personal favorite – the 2008 record Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams.* Press play to check out Solange’s funky take on “Suck & Blow.”

What a kiss, huh? See it in gif form via Eff-Yeah Solange:

In the Losing You clip, Solange is proving why I’m officially nicknaming her Prints Empress**. There are prints upon prints in the video and I spy notable fashion labels clamoring for the spotlight too. There’s plenty of Solange’s style favorites featured from Kenzo, Opening Ceremony, DVF, J Crew and Suno! The video, which is set to be released on October 2nd, was shot on location in South Africa. Featured in the teaser is Eliot Glass, Cherie Camacho, Jonathan Zeizel, Darlene Okpo, Jean Jersey Klan, Saada Ahmed, Lizzie Okpo, and Devonte Hynes. Her music video is said to be a stylized documentary which in her words, will be…

“largely be inspired by the color in the architecture and townships around here. We’ll just take a camera and see what happen.” {Singers Room}

Losing You also as Solange stated is “eclectic with ’80s references and African percussion influences.” (From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be another hit for Solange!)

Solang also kept up social media presence by updating her Facebook page to name drop a new soon-to-be-released B-side track – Sleep in the Park, which drops on November 6th! (Two new Solange songs is due out by November?!)

In between shooting the music video, Solange made time to do a photo-shoot for Elle Magazine South Africa. She will be the November 2012 cover girl! Solange has embraced her love for CapeTown, South Africa by stating,

“I came to Cape Town for the concert with my sister nine years ago. In just under a decade it has changed so much. From what I have experienced it is such a diverse city. I love the arts and the creativity here, also the element of youthfulness.” (Singers Room)



Because Solange Knowles has always been a style muse to CulturalToast.com, check her out rubbing elbows with Roberto Cavalli at his Just Cavalli Milan Spring 2013 Fashion Week runway show.

Yup, it’s official! We’re obsessed with Solange’s Losing You Music buzz! (*Side note: Let me go down on record to say I’ve purchased two copies of her album which are both scratched up, fell in love with her live performances back in her I Decided era, loved her DJ swag, and now I’m beyond excited that she’s returning back to her music roots. I Told You So remains a personal favorite Solange track to this date!)

Losing You Teaser Trailer

Image credits – Getty Images, MiddleChildSwag, Eff-Yeah Solange Tumblr x Solange-K.net

Solange Knowles Mixing at DVF for Fashion’s Night Out 2012

Solange Knowles (model, blogger, style icon and singer) was the celebrity DJ at Diane von Furstenberg’s Meatpacking District Fashion’s Night Out in-store celebration on Thursday September 6th. The stylish Texas-native, Brooklyn resident got the crowd hyped playing classic hip-hop and R&B tunes including Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston and Jay-Z. Before her DJ duties, Solange pose for photos with DVF and Girls‘ star Allison Williams in her luxe Washington Street store. (Also in attendance were Olympic Gold Medalist Champion Allyson Felix, Steven Kolb, CEO, Council of Fashion Designers of America and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.) Must say that I love Solange’s printed wrap dress, bold red lip color, hair , jewelry, and swag!

The in-store public event went was definitely a great way to energize New York Fashion Week! Drinks and desserts were given out. There’s a MAC Cosmetics make-up consultation, palm readings, and a fun photo flip-book workshop session. DVF worked the store interacting with attendees. Billboard magazine’s Gregory Dellicarpini, Jr. of The Hook interviewed the celebrity attendees. The vibe there was upbeat! Solange captured photos of the crowd in between her DJ gigs with her totally, cool, vintage camera. (Will her photography moments show up on her amazing blog, mydamnblog.com, anytime soon?)

Fun times all around! I’m eager to see what print Solange will become obsessed with next. 

Follow Solange and DVF on Twitter for more Fashion’s Night Out scoop: @solangeknowles x @DVF !

image credits – Chioma exclusively for CulturalToast.com

Wax Print Moments: Solange’s Wax Print Dottman + Vlisco’s Funky Grooves Collection

These are just a few fashion worthy wax print obsessions that caught my attention. Inspired by Bola Obileye’s self-proclaimation Ankaranista, here are a few of my favorite things that I’m loving right now.

1. Solange Knowles’ wax print ottoman, napkins + matching pillows

Solange’s personal style is very much own and it reflected in her home decor as well. She invited Elle magazine into her Brooklyn home where I fell in love with her wax print napkins, pillows, and equally, irresistable ottoman. Her lastest modeling for Madewell Fall 2012 catalog is very chic and very much HER! #Obsessed! (See Solange’s Brooklyn style home over at ELLE!)

2. Vlisco Funky Grooves Collection


There is a reason why Vlisco continues to be the leader in wax print craftsmanship. Their recently released Funky Grooves collection oozes style, class and versatility! #Obsessed (See the full collection over at Munaluchi Bride magazine!)

Honorable mentions goes to

Dannijo “Cocoki Bleu”

Have. Want. Need. Wishlist. Piggy Bank Worthy!

Zoe Saldana’s Jonathan Saunder dress!

Zoe Saldana’s Jonathan Saunders dress at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards
Everything about this look is win, win, win from head to toe! Love the prints!

Liya Kebede for Donna Karan Woman

The stunning Ethiopian model & LemLem founder is one of Donna Karan’s newly release fragrance – Woman brand spokes-models. She shares the gig with Christy Turlington & Karoliina Kurkova. #Obsessed

Liya Kebede brings traditional Ethiopian weavers and her brand LemLem to New York’s hottest boutiques!

Liya in her own words describes bringing traditional Ethiopian craftsmanship to New York. Great video. #Obsessed

Check out this LemLem suit (pictured on the left) featured in a Harper’s Bazaar September 2012 editorial.

image credits – Getty Images, Vlisco, Dannijo, Donna Karan, Madewell, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, & Fashionista

Cultural Wax Print Moments is a feature focus on ankara, wax print fashionable items that I’m currently obsessed with!

This Or That Edition Featuring Kaisa Struss, Solange Knowles, Ashley Madekwe, Nyasha Matonhodze, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga & Yaya DaCosta

This or That Edition on CulturalToast.com examines style trends on and off the red carpet. Sometimes it’s a fashion face-off or two looks that’s quite similar. There’s plenty of great features such as this and much more published daily on the Tumblr page. This or That has quickly become a hot commodity on CulturalToast.com. Join us in discovering a few fashionable style shows we couldn’t resist sharing with our readers. Origami, ankara, lace and ombre all made it into our latest This or That edition.

First up, there’s THE coveted Burberry Prorsum SS 2012 ankara jacket that appeared on the February 2012 cover of Harper’s Bazaar Spain featuring Kasia Struss and was also seen on Lady Gaga. This ankara print jacket first made its runway appearance during London Fashion Week before it was later seen on Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga vs. Kaisa Struss in Burberry Prorsum SS 2012

Actress YaYa DaCosta and Solange Knowles are into this season’s trend of the moment – lace. Don’t you love Solange’s green lace Dolce & Gabbana Aso Oke-esqe dress during Milan Fashion Week? YaYa added green accessories to her black off the shoulder lace dress when she attended W Magazine’s 69th Annual Golden Globes award celebration in New York City. Natural curls and bold red lipsticks completed both fashionista’s red carpet looks.

YaYa DaCosta vs. Solange Knowles in lace

Editorial to real life has never looked glamorous thanks in part to Nyasha Matonhodze and Kerry Washington’s origami white Donna Karan frock. Kerry was seen in this lovely get-up from Donna Karan’s Resort 2011 collection at the 8th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball. Nyasha wore this look for her Vogue Japan November 2011 editorial.

Nyasha Matonhodze vs. Kerry Washington in Donna Karan

Zimbabwe’s it girl and Louis Vuitton’s it model Nyasha Matonhodze wraps up our fun This or That edition thanks to her high-profile Topshop Fall 2011 print AD campaign. ABC’s Revenge Ashley Madekwe is also a fan of this ombre look when she attended the Forevermark and InStyle Golden Globe event.

Ashley Madekwe vs. Nyasha Matonhodze in Topshop

Has any of these looks inspired your next evening out on the town?

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This Or That examines style trends on and off the red carpet. Sometimes it’s a fashion face-off or two looks that’s quite similar.

Cultural Trend: Black & White Leopard Prints

The hottest Spring/Summer 2011 trend to try is the black and white leopard prints as Dolce & Gabanna brilliantly done for their new runway collection.

Singers Keisha Buchanan and Solange Knowles translated the look for a great everyday style that you can easily imitate. With prints, it’s best to keep the siloutees fitted like Keisha or mix and match the look with different color like Solange.

<Cultural Trend Recommends: Vix Karine Leopard Print Maxi Dress, $145

 

Dolce & Gabbana Tie Neck Silk Blouse, $825>

So, is the black and white leopard prints a cultural trend you’d want to test out?


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Cultural Trend takes a closer look at trends as they are translated from the runway to celebrity fashion events.

This Or That Edition: Opening Ceremony

African-inspired patterned Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony embellished caridgan and shorts as seen on Solange Knowles and Tracee Ellis Ross marks our second edition of This or That.


Solange first wore the look outside a Lexington Social House in Los Angles with her favorite nOir necklace. In between filming her upcoming BET series, Reed Between The Lines, with Malcom Jamal-Warner, Tracee wore the silk culotte shorts by Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony to unwind at Atlanta’s Mansion Elan. We love how Tracee pair her look wtih a nautical-like black and white top.

Shop The Look: Opening Ceremony Silk Culotte Shorts: $257.60

African print is definitely here to stay!
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This Or That examines style trends on and off the red carpet. Sometimes it’s a fashion face-off or two looks that’s quite similar.