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Even at Coachella, Solange Maintains a Style All Her Own

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Solange Knowles

The most important part about dressing up for the festival is to "feel as authentically me and comfortable as I can be," said the singer-songwriter.

Having attended and performed at Coachella (who could forget that surprise dance number with sister Beyonce in 2014?) in the past, Solange is no stranger to the music festival's street-style scene. However, the fashion maven isn't one to conform to a dress code of any sort.

"Honestly I have the same philosophies about style and beauty no matter where I go, and that is to feel as authentically me and comfortable as I can be," Solange told The Hollywood Reporter.

Indeed, rather than opting for the cliched crochet crop top or flower crown, the "Cranes in the Sky" singer wore a single-sleeve navy pleated Solace London top ("I'm a huge Issey Miyake fan and this is obviously inspired [by him]," she said, referring to the designer's signature pleats) and vintage Levi's denim Saturday while mingling at the Levi's brunch in Palm Springs. The daytime event was attended by Off-White's designer Virgil Abloh, who also did a DJ set, Emily Ratajkowski, Jamie Chung and Poppy Delevingne.

 

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Although the performer may not follow the festival's fashion trends, she does appreciate festivalgoers expressing themselves through clothes.

"What I love seeing is people communicating and emoting through fashion in their most authentic ways, whatever they are," she shared. "You see so much of that here.... It's definitely a special energy that's there, especially with it being so early in the festival season, so it definitely has its place and its impact in music, fashion and culture. It's special."

Solange, who wore a pair of silver rounded rectangle earrings, shared that she's "having a major silver moment" when it comes to her accessories, citing Jennifer Fisher's designs as one of her favorites at the moment. "I shot a lot of my [music] videos in New Mexico, just that entire Georgia O'Keeffe vibe — I'm dying to see her exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. And the way in which jewelry can be minimal, impactful, strong and state-making, it's really having its place."

As for the designers she's digging at the moment, she feels connected to those who also want to make a cultural impact and communicate outside of the fashion and design realms, noting Omondi, founded by New York-based designer Recho Omondi in 2013, and Eckhaus Latta, founded by Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus in 2011, as the labels she finds are pushing the conversation forward.

After brunch, Solange headed to Coachella in a custom rosy-red lace jumpsuit by U.S.-born, Rome-raised designer Kim Shui. Red hot, indeed.

 

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