Solange Knowles actually shops at Kohl’s.
We know this because she’s standing next to us at a fashion party, wearing Marni accessories (“I’m obsessed with Consuela Castiglioni, you know that! Obsessed.”) with a dress that costs $55.50 and a bag you can buy ten feet away from a toaster oven. She swings it through the paparazzi like Harry Potter gets through Platform 9 ¾. It’s amazing.
To be fair, Knowles’ outfit was designed by Reed Krakoff, the former Coach mogul whose coveted pieces have Gwyneth and Reese enthralled, too. When asked why he decided to (finally) enter the High-Low country, Krakoff responded, “Don’t you think it’s time for women to get accessories at this price point, at this level of quality?”
Of course it is. It’s also time for women to get some unfiltered conversation with Ms. Knowles… and that’s exactly what’s in store.
You’re one of the most sought-after stars in fashion. Why say “yes” to REED x Kohl’s?
Because it’s great. You can pair it with things you already own and it’s easy, it’s strong, it works—that’s kind of my rule right now. ‘Does it already work in my life?’ If a piece makes you look good and makes it easier to get dressed, it wins.
Your Marni heels are sick. But lately, you’ve been in the tabloids for wearing Tevas.
Oh, I am super into those shoes. Do you know they’re called Teh-vahs?
It’s cool, I didn’t either. But yeah, I remember when they were for camping. My friends and I were all at a festival, trying to be cute with little clogs and heels. This one friend though, she had the Opening Ceremony Tevas, and while we were trying to look good, she looked good andshe was dancing away. I said, “There’s something to be learned here.”
Does that mean we can expect lots of flats at Jazz Fest in New Orleans?
Of course! I am flying there tomorrow, and I am so excited. I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks.
Your brand, Saint Heron, is hosting a series of events at the festival. Can you tell us more about the initiative?
Absolutely. Saint Heron is so grounded in community, conversation, and dialogue. It’s the groundwork of the whole site—it really is about having a conversation about diversity, voices of color…to have an opportunity for the whole community to come into a space that feels like a home—feels like my home; it’s going to be really exciting. And besides giving people a chance to come together and meet each other, we’re also hosting discussions with artists from the festival, like Janelle Monáe.
I would fly to New Orleans just to talk with Janelle Monáe.
I agree, and I’m lucky enough to be friends with her. But the reason I’m so excited she’s speaking at our panel is because Janelle Monáe is a phenomenal woman. She’s someone I relate to and look up to as a woman in the industry. She’s running her own label. She’s mentoring artists. She’s putting records out herself. She’s creating her own artistic statements through fashion and beauty. She’s a phenomenal performer. And, she’s officially the one who hooked me up with my husband. So I’m forever indebted to Janelle Monae.
Speaking of your husband, I went down a Google k-hole before this interview…
No, it’s good. I found out that he directed a Jewel video, which I thought was both random and amazing.
Yes, he did direct a Jewel video! Ha! He has one of the most diverse rosters of videos in his field, I think. He’s got everything from Notorious B.I.G to Fall Out Boy.
I know your birthday’s coming up this summer…
Dirty 30! How old are you?
A little older. But I remember when I turned 30, I felt excited because I was finally being taken seriously as an adult. How are you approaching it?
I feel like I was 30 when I was 17, and I decided to get married and have a baby. So now that my son is older and more independent, he’s really into basketball, he has his friends and his playdates, and I feel like I’m reaching my own level of independence.
I have sisters in their thirties and they say you don’t bite your tongue as much. You say what you mean. You cut out the bullshit way faster. You know your friends. You don’t have a tolerance for fake people or situations. And I feel like I’m already like that in my twenties, so my thirties, I’m almost kind of scared of how blunt I might be!
May I share something?
In my experience, the opposite has been true. I feel, in my thirties, I’ve learned that just because I have something bluntly honest to say, that doesn’t mean it’s going to help the other person—or help me.
I totally understand that.
As my mom says, ‘Save it for the book!’ Or in your case, the album.
Yeah, letting those thoughts feed your creative life and work is always good.
Before you go, I wanted to ask what’s on your skin, because it’s perfect.
The irony is that we’re standing next to Chanel Iman right now. I don’t feel too ‘perfect’ when one of the most beautiful women in the world is right here. [Laughing.]
Um, you’re a style icon. Girls try to look like you every day.
Thank you. It’s pretty funny to answer questions about my beauty routine when I’m standing next to a supermodel, don’t you think? Fashion is a strange world sometimes. Amazing, but strange.