Walking into one of Solange’s jewelry boutiques is like entering a lush den of wonder, a tempting trinket box of eccentric yet wearable pieces, like her infamous enamel “HOTLIPS” ring – an item on my personal wish list…
Now with five stores internationally, including one recently opened in Hong Kong, Solange is far from her beginnings at London’s costume jewelers, Butler & Wilson, via fine jeweler Boucheron. This journey is a true reflection of Solange’s quirky creativity, and sophisticated sensibilities. Tradition and whimsy brought together in a alchemy of style, resulting in a collection of unconventional jewelry that means business – but doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Wildly imaginative Solange has an irreverent selection of influences, from Edvard Munch and Peter Blake, to mathematical fractals and Medusa. Inspiration comes full circle now, with her own designs are on display at both Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and Victoria & Albert museum in London.
Solange is my muse this month…
KOTUR: What’s in your make-up bag?
Solange: Lipsyl, mascara and a little bit of eye glitter.
KOTUR: Name your desert island essentials?
Solange: Hairbrush and music
KOTUR: Do you have a beauty secret?
KOTUR: What do you wear on a fat day?
Solange: Same as on a ‘thin’ day.
KOTUR: How would your female friends describe your style?
Solange: Sexy and strong
KOTUR: What’s the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
Solange: A Chinese patterned silk YSL skirt from Tom Ford’s last collection for them.
KOTUR: Is there anything in your wardrobe you should get rid of but can’t?
Solange: Any favorite item I’ve worn to death and no longer do but love still.
KOTUR: What do you never leave home without?
Solange: My Blackberry.
KOTUR: Hot date night with your husband, what do you wear?
Solange: Diamond earrings and killer heels.
KOTUR: When home alone, what do you wear?
Solange: Black silk dressing gown.
KOTUR: What do you wear to bed?
KOTUR: You’re the fashion police for a day, what do you ban?
Solange: Trousers worn under the bum.
KOTUR: How old is too old for a mini?
KOTUR: How high is too high a heel?
Solange: One that brings you pain
KOTUR: Are you ever too old for jeans?
Solange: You’re never too old for a well cut pair of jeans
KOTUR: If you could live in any other time for its fashion, what would you choose?
Solange: Cave woman.
KOTUR: What is your most recent purchase?
Solange: Blue suede wedge boots.
KOTUR: Can you judge a book by its cover?
KOTUR: What’s your greatest extravagance?
KOTUR: What are your guilty pleasures?
Solange: Wedges and pencil skirts
KOTUR: Do you have a cheap thrill?
Solange: The Only Way Is Essex tv show.
KOTUR: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Solange: ‘Be who you are’ by my daughter when I was trying to find something to wear one night.
KOTUR: What’s your favorite smell?
Solange: Fresh country air.
KOTUR: What’s your idea of a great holiday?
Solange: Peace, good weather, family and few mad evenings with friends.
KOTUR: Describe your best holiday.
Solange: Paxos, Greece last summer. 50 friends and family, a mix of generations.
KOTUR: Who or what would you like to be reincarnated as in your next life?
Solange: A banana tree – I’d like to offer food and shelter to all passers by.
KOTUR: What would you eat for your last supper?
Solange: A burger
KOTUR: Yes or no to a nip and a tuck?
KOTUR: What part of your body would you like to change?
Solange: My height.