Solange Knowles in Dolce&Gabbana

Posted on October 18, 2012

We think we understand now why Miss Solange wears the sometimes-crazy outfits and likes to sport a ‘fro.


Solange Knowles attends American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Fall New York City Center Gala in Dolce&Gabbana.

Dolce& Gabbana Fall 2012 Collection: Model: Karlina Caune

Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2012 Collection

Because when she’s dressed in a more conventional style and straightens her hair, she looks astonishingly like her sister. Seriously. Obviously, we always knew there was a resemblance but we don’t think we ever realized how much they look alike. Put her in a giant, honey-blonde wig, Bey-style, and they’d almost be hard to tell apart.

We like this look a lot, but not a hundred percent. The dress suits her, but either there’s some sort of fit issue in the bodice, or she needed a minute to straighten things out after she got out of the limo.  The earrings are really pretty. And while we love those shoes, we think they’re a bit much for the dress. Pair them with something slinky and black and they’d kick all kinds of ass.


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  •  I love this, but I prefer her edgier looks and the fro!

    • DinaSews

      I agree with you.  But, when her name pops up I can’t wait to see it because it’s never going to be just a boring dress and silly putty shoes!

      • Solange is near the top of my Irrational Like list, but I irrationally like her more with a fro. @Loise, you make $27h…good for you! I make up to $8Oh working from home. My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around $4Oh to $86h…heres a good example of what i’m doing,..Goo.GL/8QzeI

    • Contralto

      I agree.  And I want those shoes like I want air.

  • Sobaika

    Really pretty and almost adorable, but I prefer her funkier side.

    It’s nice that she can sway so easily between the two.

    •  She never disappoints – she’s has quite the eclectic style, and most of the time it works for her. And even when it doesn’t work, there’s still something interesting about the attempt.

  • B_C_J

    What an incredibly beautiful woman! The dress is pretty but there is a problem with the bodice. Perhaps all that is needed is to pull it down since it looks like its riding up.  The shoes are too embellished for this dress.  I agree with TLo.  These beautiful shoes would look incredible with a simple, sleek dress. 

  • Sara__B

    Solange is near the top of my Irrational Like list, but I irrationally like her more with a fro.

  • Judy_S

    She looks lovely and I kind of like the shoes with the dress. They’re both cranked up to the same level of intensity, if that makes sense, so that they kind of cancel each other out and let you look at her face. 

  • Darva Sutra

    Those shoes have triggered an irrational urge for me to grab the old glue gun, raid the broken jewelry bin and go to town on an old pair of my shoes.  If only I could recreate this fabulousness! 

    • 3boysful

       Aren’t they great?  They’d be on my Santa list if I had anywhere to wear them . . . .

    • kimmeister

      In me, they trigger a fear that if I wore them, I might accidentally bump them against something, and then all the baubles would crushed to smithereens.  That’s just too much 3D look for one shoe for me!

    • MilaXX

      go for it. Pinterest ( aka DIY heaven) is full of tutorials on how to do it.

      • teensmom99

        I love the shoes too but I have found that embellished shoes tear my stockings, socks and take down the hems on pants (and I’m only talking mini-embellishments).  I just see these getting caught all over the place. But of course no one expects you to run errands in these shoes and I love the fabulousness that is Ms. Solange even when her hair is straightened.

  • alyce1213

    There’s something going on with the whole top of that dress, which is a shame because it’s quite pretty.
    I love her eye makeup and although I much prefer her hair natural, I think it looks nice here straightened (or wigged?).

    I adore those shoes and agree they should be be worn with something black, restrained, and sexy to feature them.

  • I think most of the fit issues are temporary, just needing a tug down, and standing with her arms at her sides, rather than oddly forward, as they are, it would look great.   And our marvelous hosts are right the shoes, faboo in themselves, are a mite too much with this dress.

  • She looks lovely here–fabulous dress, but I dig the edgier Solange too.

  • l_c_ann

    Serious question: are black women shorter waisted than white women of the same general sizes? 

    Background: I compared general sloper sizes for oriental and european and there are some major differences; why wouldn’t there be similar differences for other races.  I took a sewing course and there was an Indian lady in the course of my height.  The distance from her neck to the top of her arm (where a sleve would go) was three inches.  That made me feel like a broad shouldered  football fullback (not good.) 

    Anyway, your thoughts?

    • kaycem

      “oriental” though?

      •  I don’t know where the poster is from…in the UK, conventional usage is “Asian” for South Asian peoples (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) and “Oriental,” while offensive in the US, is customarily used to differentiate peoples from East Asia (China, Japan, Korea).    This may have changed in the last few years…but it was the standard when I was last in the UK.   The first time I heard it, my eyebrows flew up to my hairline, I will admit.

      • l_c_ann

        Sorry, I didn’t mean to insult anyone.  I think of the opposite being occidental, which I don’t think is an insult. 

        Asian in my misguided impression would include the entire continent and attached subcontinents.  The books that lead me to ask the question are the pattern magic series that have slopers for Japanese women. 

        I think we may remember when Korto talked about the attribute that her tribe’s women had that distinguished them from other tribes. 

    • Sobaika

      I don’t think you can make those kinds of assumptions any which way aside from the most basic statements (South Asians are on average more petite, etc.) and not sure what you mean by ‘oriental’ unless you sew for vases.

    • xay

      Considering the diversity of shapes and sizes of women of African descent, I don’t think that can be determined. Similarly, I don’t think you could draw a conclusion about all Asian women because of one Indian woman. Sizes aren’t consistent across continents.

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  • afabulous50

    Why is she famous?  Does she “do” anything..sing?  Or, is it just based on Beyonce?

    EDIT: Not being snarky – just curious. I’ve only ever seen her on this site.

    • raeb23

      she’s done some acting & released a couple of albums. the second one, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, had a fun motown vibe.

    • Sobaika

      She’s a singer too. She has some addicting and catchy singles, try and YouTube them.

    • MilaXX

       singer and occasional DJ.

  • Janet B

    She’s gorgeous.  

    (I agree, there is a fit problem with the bodice)

  • Beardslee

    She took all the personality out of herself and just looks like a standard issue pretty girl here.  

  • I’m probably in the minority here, but I liked it better with the sleeves. 

    • suz72350

      Me too. The sleeveless look seems dull in comparison.

      The collar embellishment doesn’t seem as pronounced on Solange’s dress, either.

    •  Ditto.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Well, it certainly makes up for that Esteban Cortazar monstrosity from the other day.

  • Trisha26

    Didn’t notice the bodice issue until you mentioned it – this look is gorgeous, shoes and all!

  • Dot

    That dress is spectacular. Love the print.

  • I don’t love the dress; I think the alterations have made it look wonky on her somehow. But it’s still cute, and those are some kickass shoes. I also love the hair, and I love the fact that she’s comfortable going back and forth from ‘fro to straight (which I admit that I’m not comfortable doing, and I’m not ashamed to say that I’m jealous).

    • MilaXX

      Before I loc’d I liked doing the occasional blow out.  The only problem I had was getting my fro back afterwards. The ends always wanted to stay straight and took washing with claryfying shampoo to bounce back from straightening.

      •  Clarifying shampoo does the trick?! I have relaxed hair, but my sister doesn’t, and she’s always frustrated about her “natural” texture coming back. What shampoo did you use?

        • MilaXX

          I used suave clarifying shampoo then did an apple cider vinegar rinse. In case your sis doesn’t know 3 parts warm water, 1 part natural apple cider vinegar like Braggs. Then condition. I rarely used any of the expensive products like Miss Jessie’s or Carol’s Daughter. Suave, Aussie & Aveda worked for me. I bought no name shea butter from the health food store and if I wanted curls I used s-curl gel. I only got a blow out maybe 3 times a year.

          •  Awesome – thanks for the tip!

  • MilaXX

    I like the look, shoes included, but agree she needs to straighten the bodice out or stand up straight.

  • MoHub

    Certainly less twee without the puffy sleeves.

  • amaranth16

    Agree about the bodice. I’m enchanted by those badass shoes, though, and I love ’em with the dress.

  • Imasewsure

    With more normal shoes and her killa fro this would have been awe-inspiring. As it is, kind of off

  • julnyes

    I think the whole look works (if she tugged the bodice slightly that would be even better). One of the benefits to natural hair is the ability to wear it straight when we feel like it 🙂 – though I’ve only straightened my hair once in the last year and a half in terror of heat damage!

  • another_laura

    I really love those shoes, but not with this dress, which I kind of hate.  I miss the ‘fro on Miss Solange.

  • Pity about the wonky bodice. Love the shoes. There’s a matching purse for $5000…..

  • Judy_J

    I think the problem is that the dress is too short-waisted for her.  Those shoes, while fabulous, do not go with that dress.

  • Would’ve liked the shoes better if they’d left off the jewels on the top of the foot.  Bring it around back & up the sides and that’ll be quite enough bling.

  • minnye

    She looks perfectly presentable, but I don’t think the gathering on the neckline looks right without the puffy sleeves. I like the funky runway styling, knee socks and all.

  • i want to like this – i sure love that dress on the model – but this isnt really working for me.
    she looks so much better with a fro, and the shoes are ‘too matchy’, in a sense. and is there a fit issue with the dress?

  • leave_Blake_alone

    I think those are my favorite shoes ever (to go with a slinky black dress)

  • SophieCollier

    I don’t like the dress without sleeves, and I much prefer Solange with her natural hair, but she looks pretty chic.

  • I love it. I think Solange has really refined her style. She’s been killin’ it lately when before she looked crazy-pants.

  • margaret meyers

    That’s a great look — the simple accessories really support the dress.

  • Jecca2244

    it is crazy how hair changes a look. I don’t know if I could have identified her right away with her hair straight.

  • msdamselfly

    She looks great!

  • lrhoff

    Yes, there’s some resemblance, but I really like her hair here.  She dresses up nicely…wish she’d do it more often.

  • I kinda like the dress better with the puffy sleeves. But then it might be too frou frou princess sweet pea I guess. 

    • Jennifer Coleman

      I do too, but with Solo’s youthful face (vs the model’s oh so bored sophisticate), it would look too cutesy and downright silly.

  • decormaven

    Would a different foundation (bra) help the bodice area? Love the heels on the shoes- but the embellishments are a bit much for the dress. A stronger pair of earrings and less dynamic footwear would have gotten this closer to a WERQ.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Oh yeah, Solo is all about the differentiation from Bey. It used to be kind of tragic when she was younger and hadn’t found her sartorial voice yet, but she’s coming in to her own and clearly has a more interesting & complex style than her sister. I’m not sure what is going on with the bodice-either is was sewn incorrectly, or it’s on loan and was cut for a long-torso’ed model and Solo had to hike it up to fit her. Love those shoes, but not with this dress.

  • jenno1013

    I think she would have looked awesome styled exactly like the model from the neck down (puff sleeves, knee-highs, et al) and from the neck up, her gorgeous ex-fro.  Solange honey, what did you do to your hair?  It was your crowning glory!

  • Emily Puente

    I love the shoes with the dress because it reminds me of a gilded carved picture frame around an oil painting at a museum.  Very appropriate for the dress.

  • I hate this look from head to toe.  It’s kind of kitschy and cute on the runway, but if you cut the sleeves off as shown, it looks like some terrible thing you’d find by Laura Ashley at a garage sale in Iowa.  Hate.

  • This is totally cute, hated the puffy sleeves, & while the over the knee stockings would have been cute, I can’t fault the shoes….

  • Her feet are giving me jazz-hands.

  • Rachel Council

    Something is happening with her eyebrows. I don’t like it.

    But everything else looks good! I miss the natural, though. So few black women work it on the red carpet.

  • I gasped at the shoes–those are AH-mazing.