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Solange Knowles: Stepping Out

Solange Knowles looks to fashion to help separate her from the pack.

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WWD Music issue 09/04/2008
Knowles says that, while she has long been interested in fashion, she became even more of a fashionista after the birth of her son four years ago. “I felt so constricted when I was pregnant. So after I had my son, I decided I wanted to try and take advantage of dressing up again.”

In addition to Armani, she likes to play what she calls “the high and low game.”

“I mix a lot of H&M and Topshop with Armani. I love the boutique lines — my demographic is much more stores like Intermix on Robertson Boulevard [in Los Angeles] and Barneys Co-op. When I shop, I don’t even look at labels, I look at the  actual product and the price tag.”

But the one area where she’s less than budget-minded is shoes. “They’re definitely a fetish, and I don’t spare any expense on those,” she says.

One pair for which she’s keeping an eye out: Chanel’s new open-toed pump that uses a pistol as a heel, although Knowles concedes that “I don’t know what’s up with celebrating violence like that.”

Still, for now, she’s trying to stay focused on Sept. 5, adding that having her family around will help take the edge off.

“It’s great to have their support,” she says. “It helps keep me calm.”
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