Solange Knowles In Stéphane Rolland Couture – ‘The Great Gatsby’ Premiere & Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

Solange Knowles In Stéphane Rolland Couture - ‘The Great Gatsby’ Premiere & Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

Solange Knowles made her Cannes Film Festival debut on the red carpet this evening for ‘The Great Gatsby’ premiere, which also served as the opening ceremony.

I remember the hairs that stood up on the back of my neck when I saw this stunning Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 feather-accented caramel gown taking to the runway. Sadly, the same effect didn’t happen this evening.

While I love the gown, her Chopard jewels and that orange-red lip, the gown loses its fierceness with that thin gold belt.

I would have preferred the warrior princess runway belt and a smaller Jimmy Choo clutch.

Knowing Solange was attending this event, I think I may have set my expectations too high.

Is anyone feeling the mehness of this look?

Credit: NYMag & Getty

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63 Responses to Solange Knowles In Stéphane Rolland Couture – ‘The Great Gatsby’ Premiere & Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

  1. LatriceKelly May 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    She didn’t need the wonder woman belt nor the trashy looking shoes of the runway styling. Solange stands out all on her own. I have been dying over this dress on all the other blogs and message boards. The wind capturing the drama and essence of this dress is nothing short of a miracle! Made me think she had a traveling fan with her. LOL

  2. Francois Bresmal May 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    No one wears Stephane Rolland better than Cheryl Cole in Cannes! Is she attending this year?????

    • Catherine Kallon May 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      I agree to some degree Nieves and Paz Vega would argue that they can work a Stephane Rolland gown just a good if not better 😉

  3. Francesca May 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I loved it! I definitely don’t mind the belt, that dress is beautiful on her own.

  4. Prudence May 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    how does the queen of style and accessorizing get it sooo wrong??? I am just going to forget this happened and hope for the best next time. Also, why is she even there???

  5. Adrian May 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I love this this look. I am a bit impartial to the runway belt, I would have gone bigger than what solange has but the buckle to that runway belt annoys me. I must agree the clutch is too much. Lets discuss that sick back pose. The drama is everything.

  6. Valeria May 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    I love it, she made it her own and wears it well-as opposed to some being worn by their dresses

  7. Mandy May 16, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    This is a rare miss. I really don’t like anything about this look, especially the colour.

  8. Beverly May 16, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    She’s gone with the wind fabulous 🙂

  9. Taylor May 16, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Love, Love, Love everything about this.

  10. the ogre May 16, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    not her style at all was the first thing that came to my mind when i saw her post. i’m disappointed again! bad accessories ruin the look for me here! look at the runway model look and look at this. there seems to have been some kind of major character loss to the gown on the red carpet here.

  11. EmmaWoodhouse May 16, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    To make this look fab, the skirt needed to be lined (with a billowing lining, of course, not some silly slip) and the warrior-princess belt NEEDED to be kept. I love the movement of the gown and the feathered accents. It’s close, but not quite cutting it for me.

  12. AG May 16, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    I actually really love this! Love the drama of the gown and her styling is perfect.

  13. Alicat May 16, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    This is a stunning gown which needs movement to show it to full effect. The intricate work on the train is outstanding. I agree that the runway belt would have added some edge which is missing a bit in Solange’s styling. Her earrings and clutch are questionable choices. I do like it overall and like that she has gone for something different.

  14. june May 16, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    i would’ve preferred the runway belt and another clutch sure, but she looks AMAZING

    (and seriously, do people expect her to only wear bolds and prints forever just because they work on her so well? because then we’d say she was boring for never trying new looks. i love her for trying new things and new looks. that’s what makes her interesting and fun)

    • cascia May 16, 2013 at 9:29 am #


  15. Ramsay May 16, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    I love Solange’s sense of style: her love of colour and print and mix ‘n match – as much as I think she does sporty, casual and cocktail looks well I don’t think she pulls off evening as well – she has rarely wowed us in a gown – mostly we like her for more casual looks – and I think this is just another proof of that

  16. Simon May 15, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    I’m AMAZED. Almost named myself “Solange” to comment, that proves how amazed and blown away i am by this look! DAMN !

  17. Kimy May 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Ooh – love it!

  18. regina May 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    The styling is not great, but she still looks amazing.

  19. kane May 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    The runway photo is perfection, I don’t even mind the shoes!

    As for Solange’s styling, whatever detail I compare, I find myself disappointed (shoes, clutch, earrings and belt in particular, lip colour). Also the sleeves look unfortunate (maybe my only peeve in the runway picture as well). But okay, I give it the benefit of the doubt that maybe the picture doesn’t bring out the best of it.

  20. Moxie May 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Beautiful dress, but the styling is pulling the look down.

  21. Burcu May 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    This hair made me crazy with this gorgeous gown.Am i the only one?? This lenght is not good to leave so much hair natural especially for one of the important red carpet event

    • LatriceKelly May 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      Yes, it’s just you. Natural hair belongs everywhere, including the Red Carpet. Solange represents natural beauty to the fullest.

  22. fromchi-town May 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    That dress is a piece of art… it looks great on her. Full marks to her for wearing it on the red carpet. That being said, I wish she had kept the runway belt and changed the clutch and her earrings.

  23. Kat May 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I prefer her styling to the runway version. The belt is amazing but takes away focus from the dress with all its intricate details. Ditto for the slit. There’s fierce and there’s TMI. Solange’s more subdued styling is a winner.

  24. kathryn May 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    My girl crush on Solange grew by a mile when I saw this look. I love it, because she is bringing it. Other than Nicole Kidman and Solange, I have not seen any other look that wowed me and that was worthy of Cannes.

  25. lolly May 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    stunning!!! I know that hairstyle is her thing. if it was softer though the effect in my opinion would have been better.

  26. Erika May 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    The gown has photographed beautifully. Looks very dramatic. However, the color washes her out.

  27. Kaiva May 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    There is no slit right? I think that also could bring some of the warrior princess back

  28. Kuzeika May 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    I actually find Solange’s styling better than the runway’s..

  29. Amy May 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I love the flowy feel of the dress. But yeah I miss the runway belt (amazing) and she should have ditched the clutch.

  30. benr2288 May 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Not a big fan of the clutch, but, to me, the rest is perfection personified. I even like the belt better here than on the runway.

  31. dressaddict May 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I think it’s perfect. Soft and bold in the same time. I love it.

  32. mm May 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    She looks wonderful. I could’ve did without the clutch. But for her 1st appearance she is outstanding

  33. Tanya May 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I ain’t liking this look for her!
    yes, the belt would have brought in that much needed impact!

  34. Fiona-Brasil May 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Agreed totally about the belt, the clutch also the earrings don’t feel right.Although I love the dress.

  35. Neli May 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    I LOVE this look! Solange looks stunning! J’adore!

  36. Nat39 May 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    The gown is spectacular but I think that Solange is simply not quite the right person for it, the clutch is def. too big and distracting, and should’ve def. kept the belt which really enhances the look.

  37. dee May 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    I think the color of the gown is so unflattering on Solange. She looks better with vibrant colors not pastels. The neckline is not good and the belt from the runway would have been so much better than the belt she has on. This is a big fail for me.

  38. irina May 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm #


  39. Rebecca Z May 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    I think it is pretty spectacular. She appears to be staking out some new territory, but still with her own quirky twist (e.g. earrings and clutch). I love the dress on her and am so glad it isn’t caught between her legs like on the model.

  40. arwa May 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Love it. It’s something different but very beautiful from Solange

  41. petrelli May 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Perfection, head to toe.

  42. Lola May 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I agree about the belt but most of all i don’t think this dress is her style?! The white (? ) clutch is downright annoying…

    • dressaddict May 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      Nope, it’s gold.

    • Taksi May 16, 2013 at 12:25 am #

      I agree, Solange can wear the heck out of prints and bold colors; I don’t think she can do ‘ethereal’ though.

  43. Fanny May 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    My first reaction was “WOW”. but I do agree the runway belt is way cooler.

    • Alina May 16, 2013 at 6:00 am #


  44. Ronny May 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Duuuuhh NO She looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G omg am sorry but r u not seeing wht seeing lol

    • Catherine Kallon May 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      I tried….I just wish she’d worn that darn belt

      • Denise May 16, 2013 at 6:40 am #

        +1. Solange unfortunately tamed a Stephane Rolland dress. If she wanted to look etheral she should have worn Valentino and left this dress for a truly wild child to do it justice!

  45. H May 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I know what you mean about the belt, but I love everything else in here, she is always one to watch and I am not dissapointed at all, of course, she could have been better but still rocks.

  46. Sabiha May 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I think the gown is wow, it looks so pretty flowy and elegant, I think it makes a welcome change to the bold edgy looks Solange usually supports and fits with The Great Gatsby theme perfectly

  47. Rory May 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I just saw a photoset of this on tumblr and RAN here to see if you were covering it because it was AMAZING. Life giving moment. But this particular photo does it no justice whatsoever and does look just ‘meh’. Trust me, there are photos of the dress billowing in the wind and Solo is WERQING! ..but you chose this boring one.. 🙁

    • Catherine Kallon May 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      I need too seem more pictures..Getty only has two of her.

      • dressaddict May 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

        Well, after more pictures I think it would’ve been better for the dress to be a little bit more lined.

        • Mm May 16, 2013 at 12:28 am #

          Great photo. Very dramatic

        • Beta May 16, 2013 at 7:29 am #

          great picture, love it! Also, I much prefer solange’s styling to the runway.

        • Pene May 16, 2013 at 9:52 am #

          Thats a great photo but after lookin at the hemming(both left and bottom) it looks gives it a cheap look. Like it was sown in a hurry

  48. Yeliz May 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    I’m with you, FC. The gown is stunning on the runway, but Solange’s styling is wrong. I don’t like the orange lip colour and the earrings and prefer the runway belt too.

    • Christine May 16, 2013 at 2:16 am #

      Not feeling this look.

    • Jess2 May 17, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      I agree also, wish she had the belt!

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