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Solange Knowles Covers Elle South Africa November 2012

I like to think that part of Solange Knowles’ charm is her girl-next-door look that makes her seem so approachable, despite having a sister who has reached iconic status. She’s not scared to just be her amidst all the drama that must come with being a Knowles. After filming her latest video ‘Losing You‘ which was filmed in Cape Town, she’s followed it  up with her latest cover and photo shoot for Elle Magazine South Africa. Throughout the shoot she rocks fabulous South African kitenge designs.

For the shoot, Solange assisted stylist and fashion editor Asanda Sizani with  picking out pieces  by South African designers that most suited her style.  They chose tons of mix and match patterns and the yellow cover was chosen in post  production to fit her ‘sunny personality’. According to the feature writer, who  interviewed Solo:

My interview with her was an incredible experience. We sat in her penthouse  at 15 on Orange on the Thursday night and chatted while she had her nails done.  It didn’t feel like a formal interview at all, and we chatted our way through  the points I wanted to cover. The sense I got throughout the interview was that  she is a real person; a young mom who is doing what she loves.

Check out a few behind the scenes photos below:

Poppy Evans, fashion director:

Shooting Solange Knowles was an amazing experience, but not one without challenges. When styling models, it’s great if they like the clothes, but they never get a say in the wardrobe choices. Shooting celebrities, especially those of Solange’s status, is another story altogether. Solange didn’t want to wear everything that I suggested to her, but, thanks to her amazing personal style, this wasn’t a sartorial issue. It was really encouraging to see how much she appreciated our local designers and in today’s market we need the kind of exposure that people like Solange can provide for South African talent. She was completely natural in front of the camera and it was amazing to see her perform and sing.

Check out more behind the scenes action from the photo shoot here.

As if to prove how versatile she is fashion-wise, Solo  was spotted a few nights ago in New York City where she donned a bone straight look  for the Opening Night of the American Theater Ballet. Her outfit of choice included a floral Dolce & Gabbana dress and a pair of Dolce & Gabbana embellished heels.  She completed her look with a bold red lip, smokey eyes and gold accessories. I think I’ve found my next fashion idol.

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