Solange Knowles x Michael Kors, by Tommy Ton
Solange is cool – there’s no denying it. From her effortless style to her political engagement, we could all do with being a bit more Solange in our day-to-day life.
While we might not be able to give you the superstar sister or songwriting talent, we can let you know the books she’s reading, her New York must-sees and where she gets her style inspo, all thanks to Michael Kors’ new The Walk campaign (you’ll see Solange stomping down the streets with Soo Joo Park, Princess Olympia of Greece and Nina Agdal). Prepare to get cooler…
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Who do you take your style cues from?
So many people, places and experiences...some of my style icons are Erykah Badu, Bjork, Kate Bush, Lauryn Hill, but I'm also inspired just as much by my friends. My friend Melina (a video director) and Armina Mussa (an artist and project manager for Saint Heron) have incredible style. It's truly about the woman and what they reflect and represent and the magic they posses that inspires me stylistically.
What’s your favourite place you’ve ever travelled to?
That's impossible to answer! Each trip has such distinctive memories that are sketched into who I am and have become today. Some of my favorite trips were my honeymoon in Bahia, my 30th birthday in White Sands, New Mexico, Dakar Senegal, and sailing in Croatia. Travel is truly my passion. I grew up on the road dancing as a dancer for Destiny’s Child, which really cultivated a nomadic spirit in me.
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What your favourite book you’ve read in the last year?
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen really blew my mind. A friend of mine in Marfa, Texas, who owns the bookstore there gave it to me as an anniversary present and it is truly a beautiful, honest, and poignant book of poetry about black existence. I just lent it to a friend actually, but it's the kind of book you want to read a few times to really let the words resonate...
Which artists most inspire you?
I'm extremely inspired by the colors and textiles of Mark Rothko, Donald Judd, Toyin Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the textures of Nick Cave sculptures — and the list goes on and on and on. Contemporary art shapes the way I see the world so much.
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Where are your favourite places to visit in West Village, New York?
Miss Lily's, hands down...When I was 13 I visited Jamaica, and I've been back every year since, sometimes two or three times a year. The culture really left a mark on my soul, so much so that when I was in my teens I studied a lot of Rastafarianism philosophies and became a vegetarian for four years. I also adopted a lot of the stylistic components in my first album. Miss Lily's reminds me of that time, and of the paradise Jamaica is...It’s a little slice of it right in Manhattan. The energy and music and vibes there are always right on.
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Solange, we’re taking notes!