Solange Covered Elle South Africa November 2012 Issue In A Color-Blocked Outfit

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Last month, I reported that Solange Knowles traveled back to the motherland (Africa) to film her new visual “Losing You”. While in Cape Town, South Africa, the fashionable singer shot the November 2012 issue of Elle South Africa. For her cover and photo spread, Solange styled in a few color-blocked outfits which included mix/match shirts, shorts, dresses and blazers. Below are some excerpts:

Solange is a true ELLE Belle. Her eclectic, vibrant style inspires so many people. Not only is she a style icon, she juggles motherhood and  her career seamlessly too. I was with the ELLE team to meet Solange the day before the shoot at Roodebloem Studios. The day was set aside for Solange to try on all the outfits the fashion department had sourced.

She walked in dressed in a tangerine blazer, fuchsia wide-leg pants and bright lips. She was warm, open and friendly. After a meeting with Jackie, she quickly selected the pieces she loved the most. My highlight was Solange picking out and putting on the Loin Cloth & Ashes shorts, Tart top and Pichulik rope bracelets. As soon as she emerged from the changing room, I thought: ‘That’s the cover outfit.’

She teamed brights, prints and different textures, and wore clothes by South African designers. I love the cover – it’s my favourite one of the year. The yellow background is perfect for her sunny personality. This was a big fashion coup for us, and I am proud to be part of the ELLE team.

Credits: Elle South Africa | Photographs: Justin Polkey | Behind-the-scenes photographs: Alice Buckley | Make-up: Algria Ferreira | Hair: Kevin Epstein using Naturalmente | Fashion director: Poppy Evans

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