Solange Knowles at Gucci Beauty Launch Event

Posted on June 05, 2014

Solange, we hope you’ve learned a very valuable lesson today.


Solange-Knowles-Gucci-Beauty-Launch-Event-Tom-Loenzo-Site-TLO (1)Solange Knowles attends the Gucci beauty launch event hosted by Frida Giannini in New York City in a Gucci fuchsia stretch flannel jacket and pants paired with a Rauwolf box clutch and Stuart Weitzman sandals.

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Gucci Fuschia Stretch Flannel Jacket | Gucci Fuschia Stretch Flannel PantsRauwolfBrutalist’ Clutch  | Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist’ Sandal

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Namely, that look books have the option of getting the crotch pulls digitally smoothed out. Life provides us no such option, sadly.

This a pretty damn fabulous look if it weren’t for the fit. The jacket could be taken in slightly and the pants definitely need to be let out a skosh.  But the color looks amazing on her and that hair looks great with a chic little pants suit. Plus those are some killer accessories. Love the clutch and the rings together. Everything’s working like gangbusters. She just needs to give her lady area some room to breathe.



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  • Rhonda Shore

    I’m loving her hair too…and yes, the color looks superb. The fit is el problema.

  • @Biting Panda

    Fit matters, Sweetie.

    • Lucía Gavello

      It does, imagine if you suddenly need to high kick someone in an elevator! You wouldn’t want your pants to tear open, right?

  • Ginger

    And is that a safety pin holding her jacket together? TSK TSK

    • @Biting Panda

      I feel like we caught her in the dressing room….

      “See, I’ll wear it open, like this….Go find the pants in my size and I’ll get changed.”

    • makeityourself

      Completely destroys the roll of that lapel. So, we know the pants don’t fit and really, the jacket doesn’t either.

  • Courtenay P

    damn she looks great.

  • Faerie Nuff

    Just because the description says “stretch” does not mean they have to. One size bigger would have looked much better, even with the matchy nails.

  • Imma Mäder

    the fit bugs, but I’m living for this clutch with this pantsuit. killer acessorizing instincts

    • jilly_d

      yes, that clutch was a truly inspired choice. lurv it.

    • Kent Roby

      Considering her recent fit of rage, she could give new meaning to “killer accessories” if she hit someone with that clutch!

      • kimmeister

        It is an aptly named clutch if used for that purpose. Otherwise, what a terrible name.

        • Kent Roby

          Wow, yes, I missed the name of it! I was, however, thinking that the “Nudist” sandal would be perfect for Rhi’s next sheer look!

        • Bridget Smith

          I assume it’s a reference to brutalist architecture, which is exactly as hideous as it sounds. We had a couple of brutalist-style libraries at my college. Blocky and heavy-looking and way less pretty than this clutch.

  • RussellH88

    I prefer it with the black pants.

    The woman on the right in the look book is giving some upscale Mirandasings realness.

  • SugarSnap108

    This would be a WERQ for me, if not for the fit. Well, the way she has the sleeves haphazardly bunched up bugs me, too.

    LOVE the accessories and hair.

  • DagnyReardon

    As the great granddaughter of a tailor, I find it astonishing that more celebs haven’t discovered the magic of a good seamstress. They can make a t-shirt a work of art.

    • Lori

      I think most red carpet stuff is loaned and therefore the wearer doesn’t have the option of lots of tailoring. The house making the loan does as much or as little to the garment as they’re willing to and the celeb wears it and returns it.

      • PastryGoddess

        Yes this. very few celebrities own the clothes that they wear on the red carpet

        • barbarienne

          I wonder why more of them don’t buy stuff? I mean, FFS, their jobs depend on their image. Even we at the lower levels of income manage to scrape up money for good interview suits so we look great when it counts. (Not that all public figures/stars are staggeringly wealthy, but there are a few who I’m sure could afford a few $5000 outfits if they had to.)

          Or maybe they do for the most important red carpets?

          • Bridget Smith

            But we can wear our interview suits to every interview we have. Celebrities mostly can’t. Occasionally you’ll see one with a favorite pair of shoes or something, but repeating outfits is seen as worse than something that doesn’t fit quite perfectly.

          • barbarienne

            That’s why I’m wondering maybe for like the Oscars or Cannes. We see taste missteps there, but a lot fewer fit issues. Or are the designers more open to custom fitting for those sort of events? Or do stars try on like a million different things and save the best for the big events?

            I could never be a movie star because I would show up for everything in jeans and sneakers.

          • Lori

            We scrape up money for good interview suits, but

            A) most of us don’t have them tailored (at least not the female ones, who have to pay for it—do not get me started on men getting free basic tailoring, while women have to pay for any and all alterations). Paying for tailoring tends to happen only when one is well above what can reasonably be called the lower levels of income.

            B) even though of us who do spring for tailoring could probably be persuaded to forgo it if someone offered to give an a fabulous interview suit that fits OK that we didn’t have to pay for. Most people have other things they’d rather spend money on than work clothes.

          • Alloy Jane

            I dunno about that. I live in a working class minority neighborhood and if someone is dressing for something important, they’ll be damned if they slum it. My neighborhood wouldn’t have so many successful, established dry cleaners who do alterations (and sell avocados!) if people didn’t spend money there. If you’re gonna buy something that requires dry cleaning, you might as well make sure it fits. Plus, if work is the only place you go to that you get to look nice at, you’re definitely going to make sure all your hems are the proper length and that you don’t have two extra inches of shoulder on your dress. Besides, stuff that doesn’t fit isn’t comfortable.

          • Lori

            I don’t think most of the people I know consider a bit of crotch pull to be “slumming it.” We may just know different kinds of people.

          • Alloy Jane

            My comment was not about Solange’s crotch pull, it was in response to these statements:

            “Paying for tailoring tends to happen only when one is well above what can reasonably be called the lower levels of income. Most people have other things they’d rather spend money on than work clothes.”

          • Lori

            Oh, I understand. The folks I know still mostly don’t spend a lot of money, if any, having their work clothes tailored. It’s not that they don’t care. They make a real effort to find things that fit well. They just have other things they’d prefer to spend their money on and they don’t consider not taking something to the tailor to be a form of slumming. In some cases I think the money is misallocated, and I know I’ve done that myself. Sometimes I have things tailored, sometimes I don’t. Some of the don’ts, I would have ended up with a better result if I’d spent less on the outfit itself and put some money into alterations.

          • Alloy Jane

            I suppose alterations in predominately brown neighborhoods are much cheaper than elsewhere. It might be cultural, but where I’m from, locally and indigenously, anyone who doesn’t wear their nice clothes properly fitted is seen as lazy and sloppy. Too tight on ladies isn’t a big deal, but gapping is a problem because seeing down your pants/dress is worse than seeing through it I guess lol. But men in suits have to be spectacularly fitted or there will be unrelenting teasing. The clothes themselves can be tackier than a clown at a funeral, but the fit has to be just so.

          • Lori

            Subcultural differences ahoy! Where I’m from you can get away with minor fit issues as along as stuff isn’t too tight or gaping in ways that show your business. Wearing tacky stuff will get you talked about like nobody’s business though. Or I guess more precisely like it’s everybody’s business. You think long and hard before wearing a “loud” pattern to a formal occasion and you don’t where sparkles during the day. Keep your inner magpie in check until the sun goes down Miss Lady. Do you want people to think you were raised trashy?

        • random_poster

          I think back to a recent post about Oprah. You can totally tell she invests in making everything fit. I recall many of us posting about how amazing she looked.

  • MilaXX

    Agreed. Cinch the waist a teeny bit and give the nether regions a tad more room. Still the overall look is stunning.

  • Crotch pulls. This is the nemesis of all of us who shop off the rack. Very difficult to find a good fit. Sometimes I love the outfit so much I just ignore the issue.

  • smh4748

    I like the color, but stretch flannel in June?! Yikes.

  • marlie

    Aside from the fit, this is an awesome look. Attagirl. Also, this is totally an image-repair sort of tour, but instead of Reese’s parking lots, Solange is doing random events.

  • Danielle

    I really like the cluctch, but I’m a magpie. Living for her hair, as always.

  • Anna

    Those earrings and clutch though!!

  • FrigidDiva

    I thought the lesson would be, always support your girls–they’ll make you look better when you do.

  • hughman

    It’s like looking at Oprah in a Fun House mirror.

  • PastryGoddess

    I believe I need some Diana Ross hair for the summer. Not sure if I wanna deal with the heat that having all that hair comes with though

    • FibonacciSequins

      I would attempt to brave the heat if my hair had a chance of looking as great at Solange’s does here.

    • tinyredlocks

      Trust me-you don’t. All that hair(whether you buy it or grow it) is HOT. All I do with mine in the summer is pull it back or throw it up in a pony or bun…

      • PastryGoddess

        I’d be buying it for sure 🙂 I may just save it for special occasions

  • Love, and I don’t even care about the flaws.

  • Kent Roby

    She is so totally gonna rip that crotch when she goes all woop-ass on somebody in an elevator.

  • MoHub

    Solange—you have a fabulous figure, but you need to go up at least two sizes.

  • Everything is fabulous here–especially that clutch! Please to send this accessories stylist to Our Lady Lupita.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Are you kidding? They digitally smooth out the crotches in look books? I never would have thought that – so you don’t see what the clothes really look like? I am so naïve.

  • Trickytrisha

    Pretty damned great.

  • TinyDynamo

    I have to say this looks fantastic. Although as a person with lots of long curly hair myself, I can’t imagine that having her hair down isn’t making her crazy overheated. I’m imagining she pulled a Mrs. Westlake (Theo’s math teacher on The Cosby Show) once she got inside, and wound that hair up into a sleek bun.

  • scoobynacks

    I call it a “reverse camel toe.”

  • majorbedhead

    I am coveting that green ring. That’s gorgeous.

    She looks pretty great, fit aside. I love that color on her.

  • queeniethebold

    Agree 100% with TLo on this. Color is just completely stunning on her, and that hair. Wow! She is so much more interesting to me than her sister ever has been.

  • stellamaris73

    There’s no way she can sit in those trousers.

    I’ll take the emerald or jade ring, please.

  • crash1212

    I love everything going on with her hands.

  • Imasewsure

    I thought the lesson was “fit is everything” so I wasn’t too far off
    Love the suit in theory though… kind of kicky

  • suzq

    I’m shocked, quite frankly, that someone in FASHION let ANYONE go out wearing a designer jacket THAT WAS TOO BIG! Isn’t everyone wearing them intentionally too small these days? Someone’s getting fired over this!

    Somehow, the horizontal pulls in the pants don’t bother me.

  • The entire waist-to-crotch area of those pants is a crime. Glad the jacket covers most of it. I’m loving the aqua and silver with that intense fuchsia.

  • She is gorgeous

  • alyce1213

    One more tip: if the pockets pull out (seen in shot #1), stitch them down. No one needs pop-out hips.
    Otherwise, this is great on her.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Near miss. It’s weird to see a too-big jacket and too-small pants together. Maybe the jacket would look better if she wore a bra.

  • Sophie

    Love the clutch, the jacket and the colour.

  • musi_

    living for that clutch

  • Little_Olive

    I think she looks great. I love that she chose J Crew for a Gucci event 😉

  • BlairBear

    That’s why she put her clutch up at crotch height

  • Joycelyn Watterson-Woods

    Love the clutch color against the suit, she looks pretty awesome here.

  • Milos Mom

    Perhaps the lessons should include a proper shell / undergarment under the jacket and a less clumsy part in her hair. Details people… details.

    • LambeeBaby

      Completely agree. I also recommend a bit of product is her hair, it’s looking a little dry.

  • LadyVimes

    Love the earrings, but can this naked shoe trend go away? Clutching toes are so unflattering.

  • understateddiva

    That clutch is everything.

  • anotherkate

    She is so damn fabulous. This looks great on her, I don’t even care about the pants.

  • malarson2

    Oh TLo, good point; who DOESN’T need to give their lady area some room to breathe every now and again?

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    That is a lot of color, but it is working for Solange.

  • SewingSiren

    Pretty soon their gonna be calling Beyonce Solange’s sister, least ways in the fashion world. Watch out.

  • Pablo

    She looks fabolous, I can’t hate on her.

  • NinjaCate

    I kind of love that TLo has taught me how to tell when clothing is too tight. I am learning Uncles. I’m learning.

    • Isabel

      Lady Area, how delicate indeed.

  • quiltrx

    Those pants are no one’s friend. And did she resort to pinning the jacket closed? Say it ain’t so. That clutch is awesome, though.

  • titaness25

    Honest question, how would you actually stop that crotch-wrinkle from…you know…existing? With those particular pants-the skinny leg and the fabric, is it that you would have to put a dart/pleat on the front to even out the fabric?

    I ask because I have this problem- skinny legs and da booty, so I sometimes have that wrinkle.

  • livesarah

    Love this. I think even Lupita might struggle to make it work as well as Solange. That colour suits so few people, too. The clutch is a perfect choice.

  • Fannie Wolston

    Pink is so calming on her. The pants are too tight for any karate kicks.

  • MarissaLG

    I don’t know many people whose pants fit perfectly, always. Minor quibbles in this case. I think Solange looks bangin’ per usual.

  • Mothra

    Never underestimate the power of a decent seamstress/tailor. And a stylist who tells you when you need one.

  • Fred Vaughn

    She doesn’t need her woman-place anyway… (Seriously, that’s TIGHT.)

  • JynxTheCat

    LOVE the color story here.

  • Nopedy-nope-nope, thats *not* the hair I want to see on Solange.

  • lilazander

    Those sandals are the “it” thing among celebs these days; well, they have been for a while. But one needs to have nice feeties and sure she does.

  • frosty dufour

    Agree about the fit, but LOVE the color and that glint her eye