Solange Knowles in Stéphane Rolland

Posted on April 27, 2012

Honest to God, our first thought was, “Why is Solange Knowles, sister to the World’s Most Beautiful Woman (2012), sitting down on the red carpet, and why is she propping her phone in her lap like that?”


Solange Knowles attends the 6th annual DKMS Linked Against Blood Cancer Gala in NYC in a Stéphane Rolland couture gown.

Stéphane Rolland Spring 2012 Couture Collection

But Solange Knowles, sister to the World’s Most Beautiful Woman (2012), is NOT sitting down. She is, in fact, wearing a dress that makes her hips look wide and her legs look about 11 inches long. Also, that is NOT the phone of Solange Knowles, sister to the World’s Most Beautiful Woman (2012). That is, in fact, part of this increasingly difficult-to-understand dress. And to go with her extremely focus-pulling gown, Solange Knowles, sister to the World’s Most Beautiful Woman (2012), chose to sport absolutely no makeup at all, or at least, to give the impression of such. Perhaps Solange Knowles, sister to the World’s Most Beautiful Woman (2012), figured, “Fuck all y’all motherfuckers. I’m not even bothering.”

Sol, honey. Go home. Your heart’s clearly not in it tonight. There’s a Ben & Jerry’s with your name on it out there somewhere.

[Photo Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images]

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  • 3boysful

    Besides the weird dress,  my first thought was red carpet and you’re only wearing chapstick?

  • formerlyAnon

    More makeup, simple but bold earrings to match that cuff, & get rid of the cell phone/cowboy belt buckle THING, and I could get behind this.

    Somehow it doesn’t seem unflattering when it looks like you’ve donned a wearable sculpture rather than a garment.

  • Oh, honey. Your sister may be the World’s Most Beautiful Woman (2012), but that’s no excuse for coming out like that. You totally can pull it off and be fierce as shit too. 

    •  i’m pretty sure that Mathew only allowed her out of the basement and put her in that dress to make her sister look better.

      •  We are still making Matthew and basement jokes? two years since both sisters fired him as manager? let’s get new material guys. Common, this is TLo. I’m sure we can innovative in our cattiness.

  • That is one UGLY dress. I think Solange does this on purpose. “You can make me show up, but you can’t make me try to out-pretty my sister.”

    • TheOriginalLulu

      That’s a good point. I guess if your sister is officially The World’s Most Beautiful Woman, then the only way for you to go is in the other direction. Poor Solange.

    • She is the anti-Beyonce. It couldn’t have been easy growing up and being compared to her sister. I’m surprised she hasn’t gone even farther in the opposite direction.

    • BerlinerNYC

      I’m not loving this particular look, but I’m not hating it either. She has a really unique sense of style, both in her fashion and in her music. Love her or hate her, but you cannot accuse her of trying to ride the Beyoncé gravy train by biting her style.

  • The dress is beautiful but that weird shit in the middle is just a no. 

    Now, I understand the whole ‘clean’ look, especially, when wearing a dress like that. But, c’mon, her face looks almost ashy. Like, she’s in dire need of some water to bring the glow back into her cheeks. Something!

    • ChiKat67

      There’s “clean” and then there’s “I overslept, am hung-over and got in a HUGE fight with my makeup gays.” Cuz that face is just sad.

  • Sara__B

    Maybe it looked better in person? When she gets a look at these photos, she’s going to need that Ben & Jerry’s for sure.

  • Honestly I’m impressed by the no makeup look and I’d love to see more lady stars with their already flawless skin doing it. After all, it’s 2012 not 1950. I also like the dress. No, she doesn’t have a ruler shaped body like the model but I think she looks fit and shapely. To be honest, I’m a little tired of all these rules for dressing your body type as to disguise any features that are not flat/thin. I really could do without the iPhone on her bellybutton, though.

    • girliecue

      You’ve hit on something there. The more I look at her and think about it, the more impressed I am that she had the ovaries to go out on a red carpet with no makeup. Although the RC is the diametric opposite of reality (and why we’re enamored of it), I admire the “Anyone can look good with makeup. How about being brave enough to bare your true beauty?” attitude.

    • I think she looks great, and I find the dress interesting. Hate the belt.

    • The thing that makes me think she doesn’t care is the hair.  Had she zhuszhed it out as normal, I’d be screaming, WERQ that look, Solo!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    as my mother would say; that dress makes her look about two axe handles across the beam…as for the portal on her mid-section…i can’t even….

    • Little_Olive

      Bwahaha, the portal… thanks.

  • Lina_bee

    Problems: she has quite a bit more bust than the design is meant to flatter. She needs sparkly earrings to balance the focus from her hips. She needs photographers to shoot her from the waist, like they usually do, instead of from head-height, which makes everyone but HeidiK look short. And she needs to have her gorgeous natural hair out of that tight pinhead bun.  Now, if you put this dress on someone with a small bust and loose hair, I think you’d have a winner.

    • MoHub

      I actually think her having a bustline makes the dress slightly more flattering on her than it is on the model. At least there’s some symmetry between the full bust and full hips.

      Not that I like the dress. Just sayin’.

  • poggi

     I think this dress requires one to be superhumanly tall and probably to wear a little makeup.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear…

  • RedRaven617

    You would never know looking at her that she is 5 years younger (26) than her sister (31). I’m not afraid to go out bare faced, but not to the red carpet.

  • I never ever saw a resemblance between the Knowles sisters until this photo. She looks EXACTLY like Beyonce here!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    It looks fairly odd on the runway so that’s probably the way it’s supposed to look.

  • That abortion of a gown is one of the more cray cray things I’ve seen of late. That absurd black plastic rectangle is taking it over the top and into nut burger territory. YIKES! Add the hip ailerons and she’s ready to launch into a glide path off a cliff.

  • moppet

    I really see the resemblance between Solange and her sister, here. The dress is not a good dress. At all. But Solange is not helping by going out bare-faced, even with such great skin.

  • granddelusion


  • granddelusion

    Leeann’s petals are everywhere!

  • MilaXX

    I swear there are loads of better Solange pictures out there, yet somehow only the bad ones make this blog. Yes this is a bad look, but  lose the stupid cell phone detail, and paint her face and it’s not a bad look.

    •  Except she really does look like she’s sitting (or at least squatting) in that first picture.  The proportions on that gown are all out of whack.

  • jw_ny

    Lol!  why…just why?  

  • Get rid of the gold cell phone and put on some make-up and she would have been outstanding. Really, I like the dress. The top is beautiful on her and So-So’s got it goin’ on in the bod department. But the no make-up is making her look crazy. And the cell phone. Oh the cell phone. 

  • FlamingJune1967

    I seriously thought that was a can of soda balanced on her belly when I saw the first photo.  This is probably one of those dresses that looks much better in real life.  I hope.

  • SewingSiren

    In the thumb nail I thought she was at a sporting event. She want’s to play tennis with me and she’s kick my ass. Fierce game face if I ever saw one. No wait it’s a gala. ? The gown does look nice on her, especially the side view where her face and posture are more relaxed. The cell phone in the waistband detail would be difficult for just about anyone to carry off.  She does have a very beautiful face, like Tilda no need for heavy make-up.

  • SpcilK

    Honey go get some rest, your tired! When you wake-up let’s try again… We’ll get you a  personality, some make-up, and remind you that your life is pretty darn good so you can project that.

  • DCSheehan

    That dress should be tied to concrete blocks and thrown in the river so it can never menace society again.

  • I said that about this dress when we looked at its runway collection, I’m almost 99% sure. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    What a bizarre dress. She does look good in the 3/4 view, though. And the cuff is perfect. But, again, what a bizarre dress.

  • Did something bad happen to Solange and she’s protesting? This whole thing makes me sad for her, I want to give her a hug and a glass of Chardonnay…

  • erinbinek


  • howdoilook

    Oooh, I remember that dress. I loved it on the runway. Not so much on her. And the non-makeup…yikes. 

  • So, let’s say the dress was a mistake… the makeup is deliberate.
    She looks like she needs a nap.

  • AthenaJ

    I think this is Solange’s way of protesting the unfairness of genetics. You know Beyonce was probably like “oh, but YOU’RE beautiful, too!”

  • Man, once you see the phone, you can’t unsee it.

  • TxMom2011

    You know… she really looks kinda pretty.  To me she is usually so over made up and over accessorized and her hair styles so over the top (fugly) that I get what her people were trying to do.  The fresh face was nice but she needed just a wee bit more color on her lips.

  • That was also my first thought…do we wear iphones on our belts now?  Without that I don’t think the dress is that bad.  Solange has long been know for the  “fuck all ya’ll muther fuckers” look.  

  • judith traherne

    I love this dress, except for the cell phone. It fits her beautifully.

    I’d opt for some dark lip gloss though. 

    • I also think the dress fits her really well. The long white column (the bizarre hip ruffles notwithstanding) covering her body looks like it was poured onto her skin. I can’t see a foundation garment anywhere. I say add some glitzy makeup and nix the treasure troll tummy jewel and she’s set. 

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    oh my god i am psychic with solange knowles.  i looked at the man meat next door before i looked at this.  she has a no no square too and it is shiny.

  • Why the fuck would you not wear makeup??? That’s not the natural look. That’s the “too fucking lazy” look. I agree that she could have pulled off this complicated dress with some effort. 

  • girl crow

    Hate the dress, but I totally love how she looks clean-faced. And I love that she did it. 

  • Kolo_Ol

    I too thought it was a cell phone!

  • EEKstl

    What on God’s Green Earth is that rectangular…THING?  And WHY?

  • Ali

    This is Tilda’s dress, right here.

  • nancymae

    Maybe she mixed up her dates and agreed to let her son host a slumber party on the same day and the ferocious pack of 7 year old boys wore her down. They used her lipsticks and creams for coloring and were so inspired by watching te Star Trek movie that they bugged her until she succumbed and put on the borg inspred Federation approved iPhone portal dress. We’re lucky she made it out at all.

  • guest2visits

    Not good.  I can’t not look at the little door. Something’s gotta come out of there.

  • VicksieDo

    I love that dress, but her sour puss ruins it.

  • StillGary

    o no, it’s the “iDress”

  • I think she looks really good for having minimal makeup on.

  • StillGary

    We need to take Solange out for drinks! 

  • I actually like her dress, but WHERE is her concealer???

    • CharCrop

      Yeh…and more like where’s her signature ‘fro? I knew all that hair was bought! She looks a mess. Couldn’t be bothered huh Solange? Rolland Couture is never going to make the mistake of ever again loaning you a gown.

      • Massiel Gutierrez

        I have a fairly large fro and if I want to I can flatten it down as much as she has here when I wear a bun.

  • I wonder if her hands are super-glued to the gown?

  • One of the least flattering looks I’ve seen in awhile on the redcarpet, head to toe. eek.

  • Rand Ortega

    The only thing that’s missing is the “I don’t give a shit” scrunchy.
    Could’ve been a gorgeous dress except for the pacemaker/iphone glued to the front.
    & the ridiculous lack of styling.
    The designer is on suicide watch.

  • TieDye64

    Such a pretty woman, but you’d never know it here. I don’t see the iDress trending.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I like it, except for the iPhone case. I think it’s interesting and not unflattering. And the no-makeup is sort of inspiring. I dig it. 

  • I’m surprised it’s not yet The World’s Most Beautiful Woman (2012) TM
    Surely only a matter of time…

  • efishfan

    Not tall enough for that dress, but except for the non-makeup a decent attempt.

  • Judy_S

    In the side-on picture she looks beautiful.
    In the first picture, she looks beautiful sitting down with her phone on her lap.
    Really as you say a confusing mess, I mean dress.

  • Louise Bryan


  • Cathy S

    Seriously. That gown is really odd. And yeah, that looks like a phone. And the hips. Ugh. 

  • I often think how hard it would be not to resent my sibling if they were incredibly famous.

  • Anathema_Device

    Oh god, you had me at “increasingly difficult to understand dress.” She has always been wackadoo on the fashion front, but this looks like an attempt at sophistication. An attempt that failed miserably.

  • Never has a look so loudly proclaimed, “OVER. IT.”  Poor Solange, somebody should have given her the night off.

  • NurseEllen

    And the challenge for this episode of Project Runway–design a dress with no pockets but which makes your iPhone easily accessible.  Next episode we’ll do a jacket for guys with the same need for access. 

    If I had to wear that, I wouldn’t put any makeup on, either.

  • I really like the dress actually. but the no makeup and the phone are off putting.

  • Why are you guys so pressed about Beyonce being named the world’s most beautiful woman? I don’t remember a similar reaction when all the other 1,099,878,009,123,987 white women who previously won the title were crowned. Everyone knows the title is nothing but a publicity machine. We’ve known that for ages so why Beyonce getting the title causing an uproar?

    I think Solange  looks absolutely stunning. My only criticism will be the make-up or lack thereof. I think her face is too bare for such a striking dramatic look. She should have dabbed a little something and something. Besides that, I think she is rocking that couture. WERQ in my book. 

  • quiltrx

    The no makeup look is a trick.  She sucks you in for a closer look…is she really not wearing makeup?  Then your hand brushes her waist-mounted interdimensional transport device, and you are sucked to her home planet, where women suck your life out and become incredibly beautiful…even, perhaps The World’s Most Beautiful Woman.

  • kikisayshi


  • CLEARLY not in the mood.  Another night, Solo, you can pull this off – and you KNOW it.

  • gabbilevy

    Does that dress also come with earbuds attached?

  • ZnSD

    um, hello eye makeup?

  • LambeeBaby

    I don’t mind the Jurassic spitting lizard dress but I am underwhelmed by the iphone buckle thing. And I get the minimalist make up but don’t you at least put some eyelashes with it? She looks apathetic. Like many other celebs, some enthusiasm can sell a look. But she just looks…foreclosed.

  • samo_samo

    Solange does edgy really well. If she had really pushed, she could have played up the edgy, weird, avant garde vibe of this dress with her hair and accessories and made it WERQ.

  • I appreciate the risk she takes, but she fails almost every time she hits the Red Carpet. This is a dress JLo would have rejected.

  • marilyn

    She’s too short for that dress.  Her figure is great, but she needs a lot of height to carry off that shape.  Also, the cellphone on her belt detracted from the great styling of this dress.  But then, what do you expect from the sister of the world’s most beautiful woman?

  • PeaceBang

    Lord Jesus.

  • inkstainedmom

    This looks like an extremely elaborate iPod docking station. Kind of like the clean makeup look, though.

  • ChristySchiff

    Wow, what did a pretty dress ever do to Stephane Rolland?  That poor little dress.  Without the wings and the iPhone, I think she would have looked pretty terrific (even with the low-key makeup).  But this is not working (hell, it’s not even sending out applications).

  • Liz

    She looks so tired.