Solange Knowles, Caped Crusader of Avant-Garde Wedding Fashion 

Contributing Writer: Sally Pillay


Feminist Fashion Friday: With a modern twist of unique elegance, Solange Knowles and longtime boyfriend Alan Ferguson married over the weekend. Pair that with a star-studded guest list including the one and only Queen B and husband, Jay-Z, and you’ve got my attention.

Counting at least six bridal outfits through the wedding weekend, Solange started at her rehearsal dinner with a v-neck, bell sleeved dress by Ellery with golden Loeffler Randall heels. This ensemble was just a mere taste of the fashion delicacies to follow!

Prior to their wedding ceremony, Solange and Alan arrived on two white bicycles. Solange donned a sexy low cut Stéphane Rolland jumpsuit with a cape. (LOVE!) The groom sported a white Lanvin suit. (Way to make an entrance!) Now the only thing that can get me more excited than a bride bucking traditional trends is a bride in a jumpsuit and a cape. Pair that with a bicycle, and I’m speechless.

With a custom gown by Humberto Leon for Kenzo for the ceremony, the bride walked down the aisle in Stuart Weitzman heels and Jill for Lady Grey bracelet cuffs. Solange, with her signature fro in tow, resembled a majestic Grecian goddess. Absolutely stunning.

Did I mention that all their guests wore white? That’s right, everyone. The notion of stealing the show from the bride need not apply here. (Besides, what authority said you can’t wear white to a wedding?) #FunFact having bridesmaids or guests wear white dates back to a longstanding tradition from hundreds of years ago. It was thought that demons wanted to dispel bad luck on the bride, so bridesmaids wore the same color to distract them and save the bride from their bad juju!

The all-female family tableau captured by wedding photographer, Rog Walker totally complemented this historical insight. It’s stoic but embodies the feeling of #fempowerment, like the artwork of contemporary Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft.

Could this wedding be any more chic? To me, it even makes contemporary classic wedding designs look downright average! It’s safe to say that Solange Knowles has taken bridal fashion to a new level, a cult-classic level. (Kind of literally with all the draping capes.) Modern brides take note: it pays to be a fashion risk-taker!

After stalking Beyoncé’s Instagram, I’m feeling inspired to plan my vow renewal ceremony, just so I can don something just as breathtaking – maybe even caped…

About Contributing Guest Writer Sally PillaySally is known for her flamboyant style and bubbly nature. When it comes to fashion she isn’t afraid to make a statement. With a love for bold colours and patterns, she channels a strong belief that women are most beautiful when they express themselves freely through what they choose to wear. Sally’s background is in communications, having worked for more than 10 years across varying industries in Australia and Singapore. She currently resides in Singapore consulting in Marketing, Communications and Brand strategy. Twitter – @shopitsg 

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