Featured Image: Solange in Cranes in the Sky via Saint Heron
“We put people on a pedestal that are just humans like us.”
Ironically, A Seat at the Table puts Solange Knowles on a pedestal of her own. I’m not sure why I was so taken aback by ‘A Seat at the Table’. I had, after all, got True, discussed its brilliance with friends, watched ‘Losing You’ obsessively and shared with Solange (via twitter) how I had almost lost a finger listening to it in the kitchen. True, while brilliant, is different. Ahead of the 2017 Grammy award (which we will be live tweeting via @lostintalent), we share thoughts on the unique style expression featured with Solange’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ album .
So what had I been expecting of A Seat at the Table? Definitely not hip hop legend, Master P dropping gems (by way of interludes). Although listening to the album, I can’t envisage it without him or his point of view. In an interview with W Magazine, Solange discussed with Tavi Gevinson why she wanted to hold conversations with Master P. Highlighting how his life and message of empowerment had been one that resonated with her early on. It was -is -a great match; two different voices educating. I also hadn’t foreseen music so soothing around subjects that often can be maddening.
Above Images: Stills from Solange’s Crane in the Sky and Don’t Touch My Hair. Images via Saint Heron
One thing anticipated was intriguing expression through style, and even that exceeded, as only Solange Knowles has been known to. Delivered through the visual for ‘Don’t Touch my Hair’ and Grammy nominated ‘Cranes in the Sky’, she projected her vision of blackness in a “regal” and “majestic” context. Using a mix of established names (Tibi, J.W.Anderson), young designers (Marie Yat, Ryan Roche, LOQ, Nadine Goepfert) and DIY clothing to share a story.
For ‘Cranes in the Sky’, a song that hints at over indulgence (in sex, dance, alcohol, work) as a means of escape, Solange uses a blend of pastels and metallic clothing –some self made, others made by young designers (such as Marie Yat, Ryan Roche, LOQ and Nadine Goepfert) — to portray contrasts.
Hair is the focal point of ‘Don’t Touch my Hair’, naturally. Its visuals continue the theme of unity, particularly sisterhood. With ‘Don’t Touch my Hair’, she blends recognised brand; Tibi, J.W. Anderson, Phillip Lim, with newer names like Phlemuns and Central Saint Martin graduate, Jaimee McKenna.
What did you think about ‘A Seat at the Table’?