Solange Knowles has been pretty unescapable since her highly-anticipated video for "Losing You" hit the Internet last week, inspiring more than a few people to try out the brightly-colored, dapper stylings of the Le Sape movement.
Even though Solange has taken a particular interest in this traditionally-African aesthetic, Beyonce's younger sister definitely has her eye on what's going on in the style world stateside. We caught up with the singer at last night's Absolut Tune Launch Party that she co-hosted with designer Charlotte Ronson, and the conversation inevitably turned to fashion. With the election just four weeks away, the American style Solange had in mind was that of the first lady Michelle Obama:
"It's impeccable. Not only is her style just stunning, but I love what she does for the American people and the American women specifically in terms of owning yourself and not wavering it towards other people's perceptions, especially as a first lady. I've seen [people criticize her] in terms of her showing arms or legs, but I think it's so amazing how she empowers women to have a really strong sense of self and go after what makes them happy first."
As for how prospective first lady Ann Romney's style stacks up agains Mrs. O's? "No contest," Solange said. And since the 26-year-old Brooklyn resident has pretty much secured a consistent spot on our best-dressed list, we definitely look out for what she chooses to wear to political events (she does rub elbows with Anna Wintour at these things, after all). We're still obsessing about that Esteban Cortazar cape-back jacket she rocked at an Obama fundraiser earlier this year...
Lucky for us, Solange opted for yet another Esteban Cortazar ensemble last night, decking herself out in a color-blocked outfit complete with mirrored heels. But don't think she lets all of the style praise she receives get to her head. After flying to Cape Town to film the "Losing You" video, she was certainly eager to get advice from the locals Sapes to perfectly embody the look that's become a bit of an obsession for her:
"They gave me a lot of tips. They felt like it was their responsibility to give me the super Sape insight. They were totally receptive to it because there actually are female Sapes. There were certain things I was doing wrong though. Like, you can't wear more than three colors at a time, you have to show off your socks when you're wearing really good socks... these sort of very detailed things that I needed to learn in order to be in their company."
Well, for what it's worth, we would hang out with you no matter how many colors you're wearing, Solange. Check out her look from last night's party and tell us what you think of her musings about first lady fashion and Le Sape culture.
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2004: TRL Appearance
2004: Premier of "Johnson Family Vacation"
2005: World Music Awards
2006: TRL Appearance
2007: American Music Awards
2008: MTV Video Music Awards
2009: Samantha Thavasa Promotion
2010: DKMS' 4th Annual Gala
2011: Gucci & RocNation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch
2008: TRL Appearance
2008: Cosmopolitan Magazine's Starlaunch Finale Concert
2010: Roberto Cavalli Celebrates Fashion's Night Out
2010: Charlotte Ronson Fashion Show
2010: Max Azria Fashion Show
2011: Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter Host A Party For Dolce & Gabbana
2011: Sephora 5th Ave Fashion's Night Out
2011: Boy And Girl By Band Of Outsiders Fashion Show
2011: Rimmel London Event
2011: Rimmel Hosts Party For Original London Girl Kate Moss
2011: 9th Annual Teen Vogue's Young Hollywood Party
2012: Perrier-Jouet Celebrates Michael Kalish's Belle Epoque Sculpture
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Solange Knowles attends Perrier-Jouet celebrates Michael Kalish's Belle Epoque Sculpture on June 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet)
2012: CFDA Fashion Awards
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Solange Knowles attends the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall on June 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
2012: MoMA Party In The Garden Benefit
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Solange Knowles attends the 2012 Party in the Garden benefit at the Museum of Modern Art on May 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
2012: Costume Institute Gala
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Solange Knowles attends the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
2012: Ferragamo Fifth Avenue Flagship Re-Opening
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Solange Knowles attends the Ferragamo Fifth Avenue Flagship Re-Opening at Salvatore Ferragamo on April 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Salvatore Ferragamo)
2012: Tiffany Celebrates The Launch Of True Love In Pictures
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Solange Knowles attends the Tiffany celebration of the launch of True Love in Pictures with the Sartorialist Scott Schuman and Garance Dore at Tiffany & Co. on January 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Tiffany)