WERQ: Solange Knowles in Stéphane Rolland at Cannes

Posted on May 16, 2013

We fear the Bitter Kittens are going to claw our furniture and pee on our rugs for giving out two WERQs in one day for granny panty gowns, but y’all are just gonna need to settle down.

Because look:


Solange Knowles attends the Opening Ceremony and ‘The Great Gatsby’ Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in a Stéphane Rolland couture gown paired with a Jimmy Choo clutch and Chopard jewelry.

Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture Collection

That is one INSANELY dramatic look. Release yourself from anti-panty prejudice, darlings! It’s CANNES! Wear your flaming cape, goddamit!

And before the pedantic rise up as one to tell us that, technically, we featured one boy-cut panty gown and one french-cut panty gown, no actual granny panties were worn in the production of these outfits.



[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Holy suffering toast mousseline! That is a full stop stunning look on a full stop stunning woman.

  • That’s really a WERQ for the weather. This look would be nothing without a stiff breeze for the dramatic billowing.

  • SF_Gal

    Love the dress. Hate the lipstick.

  • TSkot

    Properly lined, she’d look pretty great; but see-thru = tacky regardless of the undergarments.

  • CeeRich

    THAT IS A WERQ! Blowing in the wind Afro Goddess snaps!

  • fiddlecub

    Goddamn girl. You’re my honey-golden muse. I cannot snap in enough directions for this.

  • Lori

    It’s all kinds of fabulous and I love things on Solange that I would flat hate on anyone else, but it wouldn’t have been any less dramatic with a real lining and no granny panties.

  • Rhonda Shore


  • Daisy Walker

    Sorry to disagree with my fave Uncles, but No.

    • AndresB

      Someone stole Jane Fonda’s 1980s aerobic gear and put it under this dress.
      Hate to agree with you, but: Two panty gown WERQs for the fave uncles in one day and none werqs for me – disaster.
      “Is it me? Is it you? Questions in a World of Blue…”

  • Oh, God! Once I saw her nipples, I can’t go back and not see them.

  • PastryGoddess

    This is the sartorial version of a mic drop.

    Bow down bitches indeed

  • gabbilevy

    Gurl BROUGHT it! And by brought it, I mean brought her personal wind machine.

    My ladycrush on Solange grows stronger by the day.

  • Tee

    Patricia, from Project Runway, gets her first horsehair gown to hit the red carpet in Cannes. Congratulations!

  • Rand Ortega

    OMG! She’s actually FLOWING. At least in the photos she looks as though she’s magically underwater. I want to cut off all of my fingers for typing this, but this is perfection. I hate the granny in all of its incarnation. But the Solange is destroying all of my rational granny hate. The best Cannes look so far.

  • Little_Olive

    No, no no!! The lipstick -and how weird her mouth is in it- is all I can see! my eyes!

  • Yes, this. It’s gorgeous, but I can’t get past the whole really-fancy-beach-cover-up.

  • filmcricket

    Nope. It’s dramatic in motion, but otherwise it’s an old-bra-coloured bathing suit with its matching cover-up, to which someone has affixed mini hay bales (to the skirt) and running tape (to the arms). SHE is amazing, but I cannot with the dress, sorry.

    • Daisy Walker

      YES. She threw this on after coming in from the pool and had no time to change.

      • filmcricket

        And also – and I’m sorry to say this – she appears to be in need of a lip wax.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Noup, I think I’m not able anymore to like a granny panties colored gown.
    And the makeup is bad.

  • Anniebet

    Even Mother Nature recognizes her as a goddess and provides a windy tribute that allows her gown to display in its full glory. (okay, yeah… that was a tad over the top, but I find this whole thing beyond awesome.)

  • Ditto. I also hate the color of the dress on her.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      I like the beige color. If it were black, it would fall into Morticia-land, white into bridal-land and any other color it would put it in Beyonce-land.
      Well played Solo, well played.

      • RebeccaKW

        I like this color on her. On a pale white lady such as myself, it would be terrible. (it looks more golden on the model, which may just be a trick of the different lighting)

        But yea, the lipstick is the only thing that I would change.

  • Sara L.

    Yup, a Wind WERQ for sure. If it weren’t for that, she’d look like she is standing in a pile of dirty rags.
    EDIT: I do think she looks amazing, for the record.

    • She does look amazing, but the dress would lose 80% of its impact if it just hung there.

    • I like Wind WERQ.

  • Not that I’m arguing with the WERQ, because yes, dramatic as all get out, but I think her make up is a bit aging. She looks like she’s in her forties when I know damn well she hasn’t hit 30.

  • Jessica Wyatt

    I can’t help but be distracted by the amount of labia she’s flashing in that fourth picture. Holy-wax-job-batgirl. Still, if you’re going to show the masses your “fancy,” might as well look fierce as hell doing it.

    • quiltrx

      You have made my day by calling it her “fancy” (and I totally agree with you that it’s distracting). Right up there with Peach’s “the good china”.

  • lexilexi

    The lipstick ruins it for me, and I like the model’s belt better.

  • AlisonS

    That bitch paid someone to follow her around with a fan didn’t she?!


  • The second coming of Dianna Ross.

  • does it bother no one else that it looks like chunks of someone’s weave are attached to her dress? i don’t even care about the granny panties issue i just would have loved the gown without the crimped tranny hair all over it.

    • colleenjanel

      They re-purposed one of Beyonce’s old wigs.

    • sweetestsith

      …tranny hair? o.O I don’t entirely disagree that the bits are odd (though I find the overall look delightful for some reason), but that term doesn’t seem very kind.

  • hughman

    Giving all kinds of Maya Angelou dramatic poetess realness.

  • I was ready to argue until the wind picked up.

  • This isn’t a granny-panty dress, this is a fucking superhero costume.
    Solange for Wonder Woman 2013

    She looks incredible with the wind behind her.

  • rkdgal

    With that wind, we were all going to know what she had on underneath anyway, so kudos to Ms. Thing for cutting to the chase 🙂 Beautiful dress!

  • Sobaika

    YUP. The only misstep though. This is sensational.

  • BawlmerGurl

    Sorry, it must be me. I find it tacky.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      It’s not you.

  • oh no…that baywatch like body unerneath….cannot!

  • Oh sweet mother Pam Greer of all that’s good and holy….She’s a vision of foxy brown perfection!

  • elizonthelam

    Love the gabbing mouth look of the photog on the left in the background of the first shot.

  • jamie2348

    Definitely not granny panties. Looks like a Baywatch bathing suit!

  • Funkykatt

    I love the color but the dress’ lack of modestly is too close to that awful butt displaying thing the most beautiful woman in the world wore recently.

  • ChaCha_70

    Solange almost always inspires me to leave a comment. She’s simply stunning.

  • jessica walsh

    Waxing professionals sit on the edge of their seats praying that this trend takes off, ensuring their financial security.

  • Is it wrong that part of me wants her to grow her hair into an even more gigantic Diana Ross style curly ‘fro? I always wanted hair like that when I was growing up, but I’m white and can’t even grow white person hair.

  • I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I prefer the standard granny panty to the french cut granny panty.

    I need to go lie down.

  • Coolekat

    I guess thongs are next.

  • MK03

    I’m getting awfully bores with all her caftans. She’s getting dangerously close to Honey Mahogany levels of irritation.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Can we just give the Wind a WERQ, as it’s doing much of the heavy lifting here. Although, she is cutting quite the stunning figure all together.

  • Love the dress but can anyone tell me why she is famous?

    • She is a singer. She is famous for being the more stylish Knowles sister.

  • What you don’t see is her assistant walking in front of her, holding a big box fan.

  • ralish

    I think you guys might have a blind spot when it comes to Solange. The wind is awesome, but I don’t think the makeup, nor the color, cut, or fit of the dress work for her. Plus, this whole “flashing my panties” thing is getting tired and stale.

  • teensmom99

    I’m kind of wondering if she shouldn’t go in a Hall of Fame of WERQs. If you decide to do that, could you still post her pictures and analyze them?

  • Blair Sylvester

    The only thing I really don’t like is the sleeves. Also it has a whiff of bathing suit coverup about it (looks like a one piece bathing suit underneath) but the way the back is billowing out is great.

    • sweetestsith

      With you on all points! The overall effect is impressive though, thank goodness for the wind. 😉

    • Beardslee

      I agree, the sleeves are wonky. That dress should be all about that magnificent flowy bit, but the high cut leg and the sleeves are distracting. She looks great but she could look greater.

  • MissAmynae

    Its a caftan. A caramel, windblown one…but a caftan. Sorry guys, can’t go with ya on this one. Give me some color and I might be there with ya.

  • butterflysunita

    Yes, she even has the wind at her command.

    • True facts! Or perhaps a carefully positioned wind machine. lol

      • drdarke

        Solange Knowles Goes Bollywood -Complete With Her Own Wind Machine!

        Now, all she has to do is shed glycerine tears on command and do an item number with Shahrukh Khan, and she’s got it made…..

        • I can SO see this happening.

          • drdarke

            It’s my dream – Bollywood meeting Hollywood all the way, rather than the low-end indies with Americans working alongside Indian stars, or Baz Luhrmann using Amitabh Bachchan or Aishwarya Rai for a cameo….

          • Combining the resources and talents of both seems like a spectacular notion to me.

          • drdarke

            American movies and television shows need more elaborate dance numbers and beautiful people, @kiltdntiltd:disqus !

        • Monabel

          I LOVE Shahrukh Khan.

          • drdarke

            So do I, Monabel – also Amitabh Bachchan (my wife keeps wanting to see him as a Trickster God), Imran Khan (who seems to be aiming for a younger, hipper Indian audience), Saif Ali Khan (who got really impressive in the last five-six years!), Ajay Devgn (who goes from Serious Actor to Slapstick Goof!), and though I really shouldn’t given he’s a mess I still have a soft spot for Sanjay Dutt.

            Those are the guys – the female stars are all just goddesses, end of story.

        • I was thinking exactly this! I would see that movie 10 times!

          • drdarke

            My secret dream is to see more Bollywood infiltrate network television, @heartbot:disqus – particularly on more laughably melodramatic shows like CASTLE! Now there’s a series that could use insanely over-the-top dance numbers…..

            There’s the occasional masala musical number nod on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE or SMASH, done with varying degrees of success (SMASH’s was – okay, but honestly The Guild’s “Game On” number was a lot closer!). We need to see more of that, and we need to have Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan acting in our movies – imagine how much better PRINCE OF PERSIA would have been with Roshan rather than Jack Gyllenhaal as the lead, and Bachchan can take over all those roles Sean Connery no longer wants to do.

          • Hrithik as Prince of Persia–YES! YES! YES! Why did anyone think Jake Gyllenhaal would be good in that role?

            I am so down for more Bollywood in everything.

      • Not a wind machine, The four Greek gods of the wind are her bitches. Or maybe she is the true Storm of The X-Men.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, the storm was definitely in her favor that night. I hope they taped those panties in place…

    • I bet she borrowed her sister’s for the occasion.

  • jetpackdino

    Oh my god, those jellyfish are attacking her! Get them off get them off get them off!

  • j_anson

    You can’t work it harder than that. Did she bring a wind machine just in case?

  • Preach it boys! This is crazy awesome.

  • another_laura

    She’s WERQing the dress and the weather, for sure, but I cannot sign off on the color. I imagine it in a yellow or red and weep at this sad sad shade of I don’t know what.

    • Tamara Hogan

      Exactly. That color does nothing for her skin tone. But the shoes are perfection.

      I would say it’s a leotard dress rather than a French panty dress.

  • Oh god DAMN IT. I *do* like this.

  • prettybigkitty

    More like hack up hairballs on the dress.

  • RebeccaKW

    The effect with the wind blowing it out is just amazing. She looks so wonderful.

  • The lipstick is awful the brows are GREY people, the dress is gathered awful mess. No, just no. Lay down the crack pipe guys. Yes, the wind is dramatically blowing the dress but that don’t make it a pretty dress.

  • The photographer’s face in the first photo says it all.

  • BrooklynBomber

    It hurts, because it’s panties, but it’s fabulous.

  • ellabob

    Love love it…

  • Tracy_Flick

    Not so much granny panties as full-on Jane Fonda early-80s leotard. I love the shape and the drama. I HATE the lipstick and the color of the dress. So close, yet so far.

  • I was skeptical of the first WERQ, but I’ll defend this one to the death. WERQ those panties, Solange!

  • If she were standing next to a pool in Cannes, I’d be with you all the way, because this looks like a swimsuit with an incredibly beautiful cover-up.

  • Pennymac

    I tried.
    I didn’t like what I saw.
    I read the comments. So many were positive.
    I scrolled up and tried again.
    Nope. We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one. Its not the panties, even. The color, the feather jelly fish, and especially the weird sleeve, coupled with the Joan Crawford brows. I don’t like it.
    *bitterly sobs at not agreeing with the T and the Lo.*

    • Carrieanno

      You have company.

      • l_c_ann

        You have even more company

  • Dramatic, yes but it looks like her skirt was dragged thru a bunch of those pollen-laden catkins from oak trees. They sure are plentiful at this time of year.

  • Adriana_Paula

    She looks like the Winged Victory of Samothrace. And I am delighted to have been able to type that at least once in my life.

    • RL McGruder

      Color ME impressed!

  • Crystal

    Holy fuckstick. That is some diva hippie queen realness right there. I love this shit.

  • Nicholas

    Very Grace Jones.

  • Airkisses

    I think it’s safe to say that sheer over granny panties are full. stop. IN. right now, and I will promptly find a set to wear to the mall on Saturday.

    • Donna Tabor

      And you will be fierce.

      • Qitkat

        And hopefully not arrested.

      • Airkisses

        my best friend will be following me around with an electric fan to make sure of that!

  • RinPauler

    One interesting fact. That Fall 2012 Couture by Stephane Rolland. Guess who was the model closing the damn show? Fan BingBing. You guys need to rush to youtube to watch when Bing Bing brought it supermodel-style

  • She IS a Baz Luhrmann movie. I mean that in the best way.

  • MilaXX

    I have to give it up for her, she is werq’ing the HELL out of that dress. The weather is giving her hand by acting as her own personal wind machine.

  • Why are those silver baubles so great with that gold dress? Nice!

  • Striking but I wish it were a more interesting color. She’s the prettiest tumbleweed in the dessert. The styling above the neck is giving me life, though.
    Also, beige dress, beige shoes: really?

  • Why does she have to poll dance? I mean, like, what is she plugging? Or does she HAVE to be everywhere and be so annoying about it?

    • filmcricket

      I don’t find it annoying, but I was also wondering why she’s even there. Is she performing on someone’s yacht?

    • MilaXX

      She is selling her latest cd on her own record label, so I guess it helps to stay in the public eye. She also gets quite a few modeling gigs.

  • Gorgeous! (but i don’t like the lipstick)

  • Judy_S

    I hated the Cavalli dress but this is gorgeous. The interplay of sheer and covered in the whole dress (plus the gorgeousness of the wearer) makes it work.

  • makeityourself

    And here I actually thought we would get through the day without any side-ass.

  • E. D.

    WERQ for sure!

  • carolynmo

    I am Solange! I am here to take over the world!!

  • Can’t hate. Flawless.

  • VioletFem

    She looks stunning from head to toe and the gust of wind tops off this whole look. A very minor quibble is that I think she should have gone with a bolder lip color. Also, I don’t hate “granny” panties as much as others do. And frankly, this look is the perfect deployment of them.

  • Kate

    I’ll take this lipstick over the no-blend contour cheeks!

  • save_the_hobbit

    The dress is amazing, but the fact that I can very nearly see her vagina kind of creeps me out. And I’m a lesbian.

  • sweatpantalternative

    It’s really more of a Fonda-esque leotard than a granny panty, and that really makes the look.

  • PrunellaV

    Fashion-wise, she blows her sister right out of the water.

  • bellafigura1

    She’s my girl but I think that color is absolutely awful on her. On the other hand, despite its’ terribleness, I like what she did with her lipstick up against it.

  • jw_ny

    Solonge wins best RC at Cannes! She even expertly worked the wind!

  • jmorino08

    No! Bad! Go to your room! All three of you, TLoSol!

  • bd73

    the window was in league with her that night.

  • Qitkat

    Body suits under sheer gowns? Dress trains that appear to be possessed? Mirror ball trophy earrings? Crayon colored lipstick? Seaweed gown appliques?

    Nah. I’ll give you a pass this time, Solange, because you are normally so fierce.

  • Even with the body suit this is an insane WERQ moment! Does it come with its own electric fan or what?

  • amyfromnj

    I waaannnnt to go through life with a fan blowing on me.

  • Pterodactyl111


  • SewingSiren

    Work them panties girl. I am released. It feels good.

  • Beyonce who?

  • CommentsByKatie

    There you go. THIS is a WERQ!!! This is the dress Zoe Saldana was trying to wear.

  • Louise Bryan

    The dress is very dramatic and daring, but I’m not wholly in love with this look. The lipstick is glaring, for one. And I’m not loving that skinny little belt. It’s just off for me.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I really don’t love it. It doesn’t scream “granny panties” so much as “Granny forgot her slip again.”

  • kaycem

    i have no idea why bey doesn’t employ solange as her dresser.

  • Weazley

    You know, I might be able to get behind this if it was with ‘boy’ cut swimwear… But add the anemones on the dress, meh shoes, horrible lipstick, clashing accessories and a design that makes her look thick in the middle, and you get no WERQ from me.

  • Buffy

    stunning but did she bring her own wind machine?

  • elemspbee

    did she bring her own invisible fan?

  • She is bringing that Mahogany Diana Ross!!!! That is just stunning! And she’s wearing a fro! LOVE IT!

  • frannyprof

    That wind is proof that God is a woman.

  • it’s wonderful and she’s wonderful, but i wish she’d worn the wider belt with it.

  • Her skin is glorious. I adore the drama the wind and that chiffon is bringing. She is as magical as a unicorn to me. Flawless even when her older sister is motherf’ing Beyonce, Miss Sasha Fierce herself. Solange manages in my eyes to out style her every damn time.

  • quiltrx

    I think the magic is in the movement of this gown, and the wind really went to work for her. It’s gorgeous.
    Well, almost. I’m sorry, but those aren’t granny panties, they’re French cut way the hell up. I’m Southern but not *overly* prissy about such things…and to me, this just registers as vulgar.

    • IamstillAnonymous

      “Vulgar” is the exact word that came to my mind.

  • formerlyAnon

    Now that is a diva showing us all! I assume that’s a heavy duty fan in action, since the movement of the dress contributes significantly to my ability to appreciate it.

    The only thing I”m not quite sold on is her lipstick color, which is a bit too ?orange? for her.

  • Horrible shade of lipstick. And really, what does this woman do other than show up and wear clothing? Does she have any talent as a singer or is she just another vapid celebutante’s sister like Nicki Hilton? Totally over her. If it weren’t windy this would be just another beige-y dress.

  • a_liking

    werq that demeter shit, girl

  • Not my favorite dress, but it’s a good, dramatic dress for the venue.

  • That dress is Horror on the Sand Dunes, story at nine. Is it a new species of man-eating spider or just a poisonous plant? No one knows for sure kittens, but be afraid. Be very afraid.

  • Diego!

    This is stunning, you WERQ that etherial gown lady! But, one question, does she appear on the movie? If not, what is she doing there besides than showing her fabulosity?

  • decormaven

    I want a closeup of that ring. What a stunner.

  • Claudia

    She looks great and dramatic in that dress, but I super HATE that shade of lipstick.

    • mmc2315

      I’m with you. HATE the lipstick shade. Recoiling! Not crazy about the shape of her magnificent ‘fro either.

      Dramatic gown & a great choice for Cannes.

  • PeggyOC

    Only one human on earth can wear that shade of orange lipstick and you are looking at her. Bow down.

  • blueberrypanckae

    70’s disco diva goddess! Love it

  • Julie Parr

    I hate this dress. I hate the color. I hate the design. Hate the sheerness. Hate the lipstick. I find the whole look downright unattractive. I almost never agree that she looks great as TLo always say she does. I don’t get it, never have and just have to say it. Finally.

  • carnush

    If anyone can pull this off, it’s her. Her and Diana Ross back in the day. Love it.

    • PeaceBang

      Yes!! She is totally serving up Diana Ross realness. Also loving it hard.

  • notterriblybitter

    Love the disco ball earrings. The whole look is perfect for her at Cannes. Anyplace else, on anyone else, it would be a huge “No”.

  • Visible panty notwithstanding, this is a sickening look. She better WERQ!

  • Call me Bee

    Yeah it’s a dramatic dress. But my first thought: Why the heck is she even there? Who is she and what has she done to warrant a RC at f*cking Cannes! I guess I never want to go to this film fest if they let second-rate celebrity relatives in. Or people like me.

    • PastryGoddess

      Honey, Phoebe Price is at Cannes every year. The bar is so low a swaybacked dachshund could make it in

  • AnaRoW

    The dress is great although I’m not crazy about the color or her lipstick. I’ll have to admit I’m starting to get a bit sick of seeing her. I know she’s talented but the number of appearances she makes doesn’t match the career she’s actually having. It’s reminds me of the Sharon Stone’s every-freaking-where years and I don’t like being reminded of Sharon Stone.

  • procrastinatrice

    I dunno if this has been said, but THAT BELT FROM THE RUNWAY, DARLINGS! I gotta haz it!

  • sagecreek

    Hee! Did she rent the wind machine, or is that standard at Cannes?

  • tereliz

    Solange at Cannes! I would not have expected anything less! The more I look at it, the more I love. Crazy.

  • Holy Zephyr, Batman! She looks A. MAZE. ING. I do not begrudge this WERQ at all! She earned it!

  • This dress is dramatic and show-stopping. LOVE it. It has some really interesting elements, and this color is the right shade of nude/neutral for her skin tone. The only thing I don’t like dis the color of the lipstick – it’s too orange.

  • Nope. Not even close.

  • kalisa

    Did she bring her own fan?

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, I can totally give a pass to the granny panties! This is Diana Ross Crazy Fabulous!

  • Damn, Solange. Save some awesome for the rest of us.

  • librarygrrl64

    I still abhor the trend, but she is fierce as hell in it.