Pairs Division: Franco and Knowles

Posted on May 03, 2012

Put your hands in the air, bitches! It’s Gucci night! Solange and James are ready to party all night in their borrowed clothes! Woot! Woot!


James Franco and Solange Knowles attend Gucci and GQ’s party in NYC, both wearing the label.

Gucci Resort 2012 Collection

Gucci ‘Ophelie’ T-strap Sandal

HE: Probably should’ve shown up for a fitting first. Everything’s a little too tight on him. We don’t particularly love the color of the suit on him and while we wouldn’t want them to match, the browns in the tie and shoes are fighting each other. This was one look that definitely could’ve used a pop of color. Overall, he looks depressed and cranky. Not a good look. Score: 6.5/10.

SHE: Is SHUTTING IT DOWN, DISCO-STYLE. That dress shouldn’t work on any human being, but she’s making it WERQ. Who cares if it’s a uterus skirt! Hands in the air like you just don’t care! And the jacket makes a perfect accompaniment. This isn’t an easy look to pull off at all, but girl is making it sing. Hair, makeup and shoes all look great too. Score: 9.5/10.

Combined Score: 8/10. James, you better thank her.


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  • Sobaika Mirza

    What a random pairing. She is killing it.

    • This would have been a work if she had lost Mr Franco somewhere along the way.

    • Random indeed.

  • Le_Sigh

    “Uterus-skirt” LOL

    I almost snorted the pita chips I was eating through my nose.

    • BrooklynBomber

      You were eating them through your nose? That’s unusual! 😉

      • Le_Sigh

        Oy vey, the grammar rampage!  I clearly have not had my coffee today 🙂

        • BrooklynBomber

          Haha. No, I was just teasing because that’s a tricky one. What are you gonna write, “I almost snorted through my nose the pita chips I was eating”? I mean, yes, that’s correct, but it sounds awfully stilted for the subject matter.

          • Just drop a comma in after pita chips, and all is right with the world.

          • BrooklynBomber

            No way!
            I almost snorted the pita chips
            I was eating through my nose.

          • ..drop a comma in after eating, and all is right in my world.

          • How right you are! It is what I meant to write, but foolishly didn’t. It’s what I get for trying to post from my iPhone. Lol

          • I liked the comma after pita chips’ interpretation though!! 🙂

          • lovelyivy

             iPhones + internet forums = consistent posting hilarity

      • kimmeister

        Well if people can pay through the nose, why not eat through there as well?

        • BrooklynBomber


        • oekmama

          Because stuff (with sharp edges like a pita chip) are a lot more painful going up your nose than whatever (naturally) comes out… #justsayin

    • filmcricket

       This entire thread has made me very happy.

      • Le_Sigh

         Me too!  BrooklynBomber and kimmeister – methinks I lurv you. 

  • RebeccaKW

    That dress is pretty hiddy on the model, but the changes on Solange really work.

    That suit is not Franco’s color.  I’ve seen him dressed up and he can look good.  This is just a wreck all around.

    • Yes! This looked kind of dull on the model, but Solange really brings a lot of energy to it. At first I wasn’t sure about the jacket but this was kind of a scrolldown fab. The more I saw it, the more I liked it.

  • Solange is fabulous. I would take her closet over Bey’s ANY DAY.

    • Also, her “Sandcastle Disco” song totally makes my commute OK.

    • Rand Ortega

       Sis is so much more adventurous. I can just imagine Sol rolling her eyes @ Tina’s safe, boring suggestions while Bey’s “You’re so stylish, Mommy” exclamations make her the favorite.

  • See, THIS is how you respond to your sister being named “Most Beautiful Woman with a Good Publicist”.

    Solange looks FANTASTIC. Even though she forgot her pants…

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Finally she looks fabulous! What took her so long?

    I would have knocked him down maybe a point or two. Hem to my less-trained eye, anyway, looks a bit long in the first photo, especially. And he looks large and square-shouldered atop, to boot. Not a good look, in any case.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i am glad solange looks great & everybody notices for once. i dont think she gets much credit for being pretty, which she certainly is.

    • She is pretty – but usually her fashion choices get in the way of that. This is totally stunning and her hair is amazing.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        this is me [so very very pre-gaga] & so, of course & oy vey, a lot of times i love her clothes.

        edited to add:
        i understand that lots of times i’m alone in that.

      • SpcilK

        I agree wih everything you said, except I don’t like the hair.

    • MilaXX

       and she’s kinda a hippy which make me love her even more.

  • Solange looks so good, especially compared to her iphone dress of last week.  See, just a touch of make up never hurt anyone Solange.  Bravo.

  • Vodeeodoe

    OMG – Solange is on fire! That’s one of those skirts you wear when you know you’re going to an event where you don’t have to sit down. Who picked out the tie and shoes that don’t belong anywhere near that suit?

  • IAmJ

    Solange looks HOT.

  • filmcricket

    Solange, I must congratulate you on the greatness of your inner thighs. My life would be just as complete not knowing them *quite* so intimately, though. I just want to yank that skirt down at least three inches. Your hair is also fabulous.

    Are we not done with Franco yet?

    • Rand Ortega

       “Are we not done with Franco yet?”
      It’s like I keep checking my watch for that 15 minutes to be up & they were 2 years ago.

    • Sartorial_She

      Yeah, I would trade my boring straight white-girl hair for Solange’s fabulous ‘do any day…

      • SpcilK

        You can purchase the same hair that she did at any wig shop.

        • filmcricket

           True, but as a whiter than white chick, I would look ridiculous.

          • JohannaEG

            I’m a whiter than white chick with hair as curly as Solange’s. I want her team of hairstylists.

          • JohannaEG

            I’m a whiter than white chick with hair as curly as Solange’s. I want her team of hairstylists.

  • Now that’s an odd pairing. Anyway,I love James Franco,but he doesn’t look too good. Hate those shoes. Solange looks better than usual,but could’ve styled her hair better.

    • Snailstsichr

      Funny, the shoes were the only thing I liked about his outfit.  🙂

  • AwesomeMargie

    Daaaaamn, Solange!!!!  Nice stems too!  

  • MzzPants

    He looks like Columbo.

  • TropiCarla

    This is by far the best I’ve ever seen her look. She always makes me feel a teeny bit sad for her.

  • Hands down, best she has ever looked.  Great makeup.  It’s the first time I’ve ever seen her that I didn’t feel a little bit bad for her for being Beyonce’s sister. I didn’t even notice him.

  • OMG these two would make the most cracktastic couple ever! Please let them have babies and name and dress them questionably!! 

    • Diana Ross + Cheech! Fabulous!

  • Anathema_Device

    Easily the best I have ever seen her look. Home run! He just looks kind of schlubby

    • You are being so kInd to him! He looks miserable, I’ll fitted and pretty douchey to these old eyes.

  • Rand Ortega

    WERQ! She’s totally channeling D. Ross circa 1977 heading into Studio 54 w/ Halston (“Love Hangover” is suddenly playing in my head). Just for that I have to give her an 11!

  • Lina_bee

    Boy, that is not your suit. Everything about it looks just plain weird. Solange, otoh, looks hot enough to melt concrete. 

  • Rebecca Johnson

    Chaka Khan and Burt Reynolds stepped through a portal from 1978. That’s a compliment to Solange; Franco needs to sleep it off and bathe.

  • boweryboy

    I agree with your Franco assessment but not Solange.
    It’s a uterus dress, for Pete’s sake.  It’s like she used black and gold ace colored bandages to make the skirt.  A few inches longer I would give her a WERQ.

  • She looks stellar, tip to toe!

  • Judy_J

    I sure hope that Solange has a good podiatrist, because her feet are gonna hurt like hell after standing around all night on those high heels.  You know she had to stand all evening, because she couldn’t possibly have sat down while wearing that wide ribbon that is passing for a skirt.

  • BrooklynBomber

    She looks amazing but, honestly, how do move around in a skirt that short? I wonder if she sat down at all.

    • understateddiva

       exactly.  Though TLo have encouraged her to put her hands in the air, I doubt she can safely do so.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Ha! Good point.

  • jilly_d

    I can’t even look at him because my eyeballs won’t leave her.  DAY-UM!  Yes it’s a gyno-skirt but girl is KILLIN it! And those shoes, oh lord, I want!  Her hair and makeup are perfection – love that shade of coral lip on her.  Girlfriend has never looked better.

  • butterflysunita

    She looks so fabulous that she makes him look good–I didn’t even notice the flaws in his outfit.  

  • Cathy S

    If she put her hands in the air like she just didn’t care, she’d be giving us a gynecologist-eye view. As long as her hands are down though, she looks fabulous. He looks dull.

  • dress_up_doll


  • newtonGOTbeaned

    She looks incredible. She should dress like this all the time. Even the ridiculous skirt. Wow. 

  • CQAussie

    Solange does look disco fabulous here!  Love the hair!  The shoes I could live without out though!
    And it’s probably best that she didn’t wave her hands in the air…..cuz that skirt is working hard enough!  haha

  • Liz

    I am glad to see that she has gotten some rest since her last post.

  • TieDye64

    BRINGING the disco fab! Girl is killing it, even if the skirt’s a little scary. Love it when she wears her ‘do like that.


  • halleygee

    “Overall, he looks depressed and cranky” – and stinky.

    • alyce1213

      He always looks stinky.

  • alyce1213

    Sorry, nobody in a gold skirt that looks like a low-slung belt gets a 9.5 in my book. Maybe a 9, since she looks so fine otherwise. Three to four more inches on that skirt would have been a 10.

    He is the undisputed king of douchebags, which awards him 5.0 or less, no matter what ill-fitting clothes he “borrows.”

  • kittenwithaquip

    This is how Solange should look. She’s beautiful, has a great body and great hair. Stéphane Rolland must hate her to have convinced her to wear that awful outfit of his recently. Someone who can look this good in what is essentially a headband around her thighs, should never look as bad as she did. I’m guessing he styled her too, as he styles Steffi head-to-toe.

    I don’t even know what to say about James Franco. He’s like your friend’s stoner brother that you dress up in borrowed clothes because you need a date for a wedding.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind his look as much as you guys do. I think the fit of the jacket is off and the tie is the wrong color for this look. Perhaps something in the rust/gold family would have worked better. Not a bad effort, I’d give him a 7.5/10
    Now THIS is the Solange I see most of the time. She takes fashions risk which means you can get it wrong at times . Please more of these pics. She’s serving some Diana Ross realness, but clearly doing the heavy lifting in this. 9.5/10

  • introspective

    Hey Solo! where has this look been all your life? run with this going forward honey!

  • nannypoo

    Why are they together? Please tell me they’re not a couple. Surely she can find someone cleaner and more pleasant than him.

  • Kate4queen

    Oh my word, I thought the gold bit was her Gucci purse in the first two photos! Not her skirt! LOL

  • She’s a smart gal for either not sitting down all night, or making sure there weren’t any cameras around when she did.

  • She looks great! He looks like a douche. 

  • kimmeister

    Even though they have ankle straps, I must bow down before the awesomeness of those shoes.

  • calimon

    She looks fantastic. Light years better than that last photo of her in the white gown w what appeared to be no or nude makeup.

  • I actually kind of don’t like the skirt part. Jacket is fabulous, but from a head-on viewpoint she looks like she’s all legs, super wide hips and no waist. She’s certainly disco fabulous, but I would have pulled it in a little at the waist to give her some shape.

  • giiiirrrr

    Body language indicates that James would like to “thank” her.  Who could blame him?

  • marilyn

    The sister of the Most Beautiful Woman in the World looks better than the runway model.  She looks great!  James-not so much.

  • He used to look gorgeous… what happened to him…

    • alyce1213

      Self-absorption, taking himself too seriously, having not much talent after all . . .

  • he looks like a young columbo – he just needs a trench and a cigar.  she looks amazing.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      and he needs a glass eye and a cockatoo.  no wait, that was baretta with the bird.  too bad he turned out to be such a jerk. the actor, not the bird.  i loved the bird.

  • girliecue

    I’m having a shoegasm over those Gucci T-straps. I’ll be in my shoe closet.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      a shoegasm, i love it.  how about a ru-gasm?

  • “Gucky by Gucky, the new fragrance for men.”

  • lilazander

    I love those Gucci sandals and she looks great indeed. Franco looks a little douchey.

  • Other than being in danger of flashing the good china, it’s the best I’ve seen her look.

    • Best euphemism I have ever heard, period.

      • I first came across it on this blog.  It’s in my lexicon now.

        • sleah_in_norcal

          it’s originally from peach on project runway.

  • She looks so amazing it should be illegal. Gucci fire that model and hire her, because I want everything Solange is wearing and I even know it would look terrible on me. P.S. That jacket might be worth kicking a unicorn. Just saying.

  • Joyce VG

    Wow Solange!  She looks absolutely stunning! Why does this look work at all?  Confidence!

  • I’m so glad you said what you did about Solange, because my first thought upon seeing her was “DISCO-FABULOUS, BITCH”. So nice to know we agree.


  • It’s a nice suit, and I like the color, but it looks so dumpy on him. Is it his posture or his body type? I am confuzzled. She looks fabulous, but wow is that skirt short. I hope she has nice undies on.

  • 3boysful

    OK, yes I think she looks divine, but I DO have a problem with the uterus skirt!  Not so much that it looks a tad sleazy, but that the proportions look off to me eye.

    (And Le Sigh et al, I am fond of dashes, thusly:  I almost snorted–thru my nose!–the pita chips I was eating.)

  • bellafigura1

    Yep, killah but two inches too short.  Those sandals are …  I die.

  • siriuslover

    Oh Mr. Franco, I love you so, almost as much as RDJ. So why must you disappoint with tired old business wear? You’re a sexy guy, you can work a better suit than that. And that goatee has to go. And Miss Knowles, I think I see your ass in that first picture. How short can you go?

  • Sophie Collier

    You sure?  The proportions of the two tones of the skirt vs. the huge blouse are very weird and uncomfortable to look at.    Like her pelvis collapsed down to two inches.  

  • lrhoff

    She looks like she’s a street walker, in my opinion.  I think he looks better than she does, by a long shot.  Put some pants on, honey.

  • aristida_girl

    OMG  THOSE SHOES will live with love in my heart forever! slavering lust, etc….

  • MoreShoes

    *sigh* …the shoes. Why can’t I afford these shoes?

  • samo_samo

    Miss Solange did indeed SHUT IT DOWN! WERQ it, honey!

  • If I had legs like that, I’d be wearing uterine clothing morning, noon, and night!  Amazing!

    LOVE the jacket!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Agree with your critique. I lways wonder about “color” in the photos and how accurate it is in the photo/photos.
    It seems unfair to judge good or bad color when it may be just bad lighting.

  • nancylee61

    Why did she bother wearing a skirt at all?? Why not just a thong, or her spanx?? Ridiculous, how short that skirt is. Not chic at all, not even cool. Out on her.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I hope she doesn’t have to sit down at any point during the night…

    You’re being way too generous with him… that suit is fuggly, the shoes are distracting, and no comment on the he’s-drowning hem? I would have voted 3.

  • Jellybish

    Solange looks good, but I liked it better when I thought she was wearing shorts. 

  • ballerinawithagun

    I love her hair! This is the way she should look.

    •  Right??? Her hair is SO pretty!

  • lordandtaylor

    FIX YOUR TIE FRANCO. It’s the details that make the outfit. Of course that is a real small detail when the entire suit has fit issues. Why does this rich people look like they went to the separates department at Sears? Did all the tailors move out of town?

  • ErmengardeGreen

    What a hilarious pairing of crazytown. She has never looked better. 

  • guest2visits

    I would’ve loved her outfit if only the length wasn’t totally ridiculous; everythings’ gorgeous except too short.
    I’ve always wanted to know when brown shoes are appropriate with a guys suit; these don’t seem to be quite right.
    When my husband asks brown or black, – I just hope I choose correctly.  Rules?

  • ccm800

    She looks hawt he looks like dress up night at an AA meeting. 

  • bitterk

    Even Beyonce coudn’t pull off that length.  Work it Solange.

  • Anyone see that woman sneering/screaming in the background of the Franco-only pic? LOVE it