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After a short hiatus, Solange’s Saint Heron web shop is back open for business.
Just a few weeks ago the multi-hyphenated 27-year-old announced the exciting news that she was partnering with Bigcommerce to create a community that would give her fans and Saint Heron readers a diverse place to consume music, art, and fashion.
So. A few years ago I was really frustrated. Like really really bummed out and frustrated seeing the way my story was being told as a young artist and woman of color. Frustrated at the way my artist friends stories were being told. Frustrated by the way my heroes stories were being told, or not told at all. There were holes. Big ones. There was a gap. There was disrespect. There was a lack of knowledge. There was too much irony. There was poor representation. So I decided we needed to tell our own, & then @saintheron was birthed. As -y as it sounds… I want to be clear. Saint Heron is not me. Saint Heron is you, & it’s us. It’s not a brand, it’s not a label, it’s not an album (although that shit bangs,lol), it’s not a party (although we like to throw down) , it’s truly… a community. It’s our way of saying hi, we are here, a lot of us, and we are nuanced and complicated, and we want more, we expect more, and so we are not asking for you to make more. We are just going to creat MORE. We are going to evolve and grow and were not gonna get it right every time, but most importantly we are going to keep building and keep trying to tell our stories FOR US, BY US and for ANYONE who is on board with us and our mission to bringing these stories to the forefront, & making the world of music, art, & fashion a more thoughtful & diverse place. I know this is lot of talk for a picture of ceramics, lol, BUT after last nights launch, I truly could not be more grateful for the space and community that I’m so humbled to be apart of and I could not be more proud and excited to evolve with our continued mission to celebrate diversity, culture, & the innovation of artist of color with the @SaintHeronShop! I’m so damn thankful that you guys keep coming along on the journey, and I’m so so damn thankful to @armina.mussa & @johnbogaard & @luvraq for staying awake w me the last 72 hours and bringing this to life. I love you guys so much & appreciate all your dedication tenfold. Special thank u to Puffy, Daymond John, Master P, BirdMan, Magic Johnson & Mathew & Tina Knowles for being examples when I was a kid that F.U.B.U. (For us by us) is REAL & CAN exist & be great!❤️
“Relaunching the Saint Heron store has been an inspiring journey that elevated the brand to a more collaborative and beautiful place. At the heart of everything, the way Saint Heron looks and feels to our community is essential to its identity, and we couldn’t have achieved the same result for Saint Heron store without Bigcommerce,” she said in a press release. “It’s important that Saint Heron visitors have a fulfilling experience on the new store, and I didn’t want to compromise color, style or my unique approach to design to deliver that.”
With a super cool spectrum of products ranging from dresses to soap sets, which were all made by black and brown faces, the special, handpicked artisans goods further brings the brand’s vision of celebrating people of color to fruition.
What is it about certain celebrities that draw us in? It’s not just their work on the big and small screens though that plays a significant role. Is it their likability factor? The way they conduct themselves on the red carpet, during interviews or on social media? For me, I think it’s their demeanor and candor outside of the work we associate them with that makes us feel like certain celebrities are our friends – at least, like Wendy Williams always says, in our heads. Who would you add to this short list of celebrity friends in our heads?
Taraji P. Henson
We’ve known and loved Taraji P. Henson for years, but the success of Empire catapulted her into superstar celebrity status. And yet, she still seems unaffected and exactly the same: cool, grateful, honest and down to earth. Henson seems like she’d be the ultimate ride-or-die friend who will always have your back through thick and thin. Who didn’t want to be friends with her (as well as Kerry Washington and Mary J. Blige) after seeing that Ava DuVernay-directed Apple Music commercial?
Most celebrities who make the best-dressed list owe big thanks to their celebrity stylists (individuals who can charge upwards of $8,000 per day). It’s not that they don’t have any fashion sense. It’s just that premieres, press junkets, and countless late night interviews leave most celebs too busy to piece together a wardrobe that’s all their style and always camera ready.
To pick out every piece of clothing you wear for your appearances, you have to really love fashion. And these celebrities do. They’re so into choosing their own looks that they don’t even use a stylist, and sometimes, not even a personal shopper! And whether they land on the best or worst-dressed list, they love that their fashion choices are all their own.
Can you guess who you’re going to find on this list? And can you spot any celebrities who should maybe consider the $8,000 price tag because they shouldn’t be dressing themselves?
Solange is something like a friend in my head. There’s something so encouraging and uplifting about a Black woman who feels comfortable being her true, authentic self. Recently, Solange shared her beauty secrets with Glamour. But they’re not regular beauty tips like drink plenty of water and wear the right concealer. They’re like good life tips. And a good life is certainly a beautiful one.
Check out some of her tips and stories below.
Don’t be afraid to change your hair.
My mom owned a hair salon in Houston. She didn’t have sitters, so she’d pick [my sister, Beyonce, and me] up from school, and we’d spend evenings there. We saw women cut their hair and get extensions the next day; the transformation was powerful. So when we were little, we both cut all our hair off, then we said, “Put it back!” She encouraged us to try things—that was huge.
Wash Your Face.
Halle Berry has said she’s washed her face every night since she was 14. I heard that and thought, It’s time to get my sh-t together! She’s almost 50 and looks my age . I’m trying to wash every night; I use Cetaphil and Epicuren.
Just because you’re Black doesn’t mean you don’t have to wear sunscreen
I used to think, I’m black, I don’t need SPF—which is completely untrue. My issue with sunscreen was that weird white mask, but I love Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense because it doesn’t give me that.
Take a dance class for glow.
Learning hip-hop choreography makes me feel super radiant, though I really embarrassed myself at my last class. It was in New Orleans—the people here are respectful, so there’s no evidence online!
Embrace humidity and “co-washing.”
I stand outside the shower and let the steam make my hair bigger. Also, I never really shampoo; I co-wash [use only conditioner] instead.
Invest in inner beauty.
Every child should have access to education. When Kiehl’s asked me to collaborate on a design for its Line-Reducing Concentrate, I was super excited—the company has a long history of giving back. Proceeds go to organizations important to me: Son of a Saint, which helps fatherless boys in NewOrleans and beyond; 14+ Foundation, which builds schools in Africa; and donorschoose.org for education programs.
Be inspired by your friends.
I look to my group of incredibly beautiful and talented friends for inspiration. We all identify beauty by our own terms. And at the end of the day, no one takes themselves too seriously.
Check out the rest of the tips and stories here.
New York Fashion Week has taken over the city and fashionistas on and off the runway have been making major style statements. One thing we noticed is that fall footwear is creeping in early this year. Summer isn’t officially over until next week, but already style stars like Ciara and Solange Knowles have been rocking thigh-high boots. So get ready to step up your shoe game with these four street style-inspired looks pulled straight from fashion week.
Kim Kardashian West
When Rihanna threw a party to kick off NYFW, Kim Kardashian showed up in a monochromatic outfit by one of her favorite labels, Givenchy. But the real kicker was her open-toe, over-the-knee boots. The slip-on boots are rumored to be designed by none other than her hubby, Kanye West, so it’s a sure bet that we’ll be seeing more of these in the near future. In the meantime, try this look on for size for much less.
Since Monday, stylish and smart women across Instagram have been reposting images of Solange’s new Puma collaboration and it’s not just because of the sneakers but the women involved.
The “Word to the Woman” line features dynamic trailblazers from all walks of life including doctors and artists sporting the new speakers. Solange expressed her excitement of having full creative control and bringing the first of two lines to life on Instagram:
“So d*mn excited to present @wordtothewoman, my @puma • @saintheron collaboration celebrating women who are doing incredible innovating things and redefining their roles in various walks of life with a multi experience campaign and two collections… As usual, thank you @puma for giving me a platform with full freedom to express and support ideas, people, and projects I’m really passionate.”
Was super honored to have art/creative direct visuals for these 14 ladies ( poet @cleowade is pictured here) all so super talented, distinctive and beautiful, and I couldn’t be more proud of the the entire collection… and thank you @quazimottoonwx For collaborating on these beautiful images…you truly killed it! (and I’m sure wanted to kill me sometimes, lol) The first collection designed alongside @softcircle IS OUT TODAY!
The collaboration is the hipster soulful songstress’ third partnership with Puma where she stands as creative consultant and art director. Each woman featured in the “Word to Woman” campaign is making an impact in their respective fields and sat down to be interviewed by Knowles with videos set to be released throughout the campaign.
The collaboration brings Puma’s Siox2 and Solange’s Saint Heron music label together for an inspiring time of style and celebration, reminding us of all the ways Black girls rock.
Check out some of the women featured and their stories on the next few pages.
This year ditch your basic comfy ensemble of tees and shorts for super sexy 4th of July style. These stars are baring arms, legs, tummies and fashion all day long. Bold colors, leather skirts and alluring footwear are all part of the package.
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4th of July Style: 15 Haute And Sexy Star Looks
Neon dresses are pretty fab and working the scene in and out of Hollywood. Get inspired by these top stars to give your LBD a break and go bold in this bright, haute trend.
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These 15 Stars Win In Neon Dresses
This time last week, the Met Gala took place in New York City with a lot of fanfare, and thankfully, a lot less drama this time around.
If you’ll recall, after last year’s star-studded and classy event, Jay Z took a street a**-whoopin’ from Solange Knowles over a situation people were never able to get to the bottom of. Many assumed that because Beyoncé allowed her sister to kick and swing at him in an elevator for a quite a few minutes before finally stepping in, the rapper had done something inappropriate.
Fingers were pointed at fashion designer Rachel Roy (she was accused of being flirtatious) and there was speculation of infidelity and marital drama for weeks after the fact. The couple tried to distract people from all of it with their “On The Run” tour. Fast forward to a year later and things seem to be in a much better place for the powerful duo. No more family fighting (just back-to-back white weddings). No more cheating rumors. Just family vacations and walking hand-in-hand. Thank goodness.
So they arrived fashionably late to the Met Gala, went in and enjoyed themselves, and walked out without a care. The only thing people were talking about that night was Beyoncé’s gown and her insane body.
But days later, people have something to say when it comes to the couple’s appearance at the Met Gala, but it has to do with Rita Ora. She is an artist signed to Roc Nation, and a singer known by many for…well, always being pictured at events. We can’t really name a song by her though.
The picture you see above is from the evening of the Met Gala, and it shows a giddy Ora hugging on her boss as he has an in-depth conversation with Diddy. Her chin seems to be on his back, and her embrace, from my vantage point, seems to be one that was meant to be one of those “Surprise!” hugs before the recipient of your squeeze turns around to greet you. It looks innocent considering that she did it in front of everyone, but the fact that such a display of affection was public may also be part of the problem. According to the Internet, homegirl was highly inappropriate at this moment.
“I really think Rita meant no harm but that pic looks bad on her part & makes Jay look even worst. Your suppose to check a female when something like that happens.”
“If ANY woman dares to hug my man from the back, I’m not holding myself accountable for the violence I emit.”
“Maybe she was drunk or overly excited ( for whatever reason), I don’t know. But, this is just too close for comfort. Yes, Rita is like a little sister to both Jay n Bey but uhhhhh, this is a bit much.”
Even your friend Wendy Williams thought Ora was doing too much, but also placed blame on Jay Z:
“A hug is not just a hug. I venture to say that a hug from behind is way more intimate from a hug from the front. Even as a married woman, you can go up and give a man a hug and kiss on two cheeks, and your husband could be standing right there, but you know to create separation and don’t linger. But a hug from the back? Rita Ora knew exactly what she was doing…When you’re married, you have to have your swat game up.”
But some felt it was a harmless hug people have blown out of proportion:
“I think that hug was innocent. Didn’t Jay Z help jump start Rita Ora’s career?”
“I don’t think Rita Ora did anything wrong. I picture her and Jay-Z having a brother sister relationship. I highly doubt Beyonce cares about this photo (which people could and probably ARE taking way out of context) so why do ya’ll care. Sit. down.”
Ora has since had a majority of her Instagram photos bombarded with bees, which only means one thing: the BeyHive has awoken, and they’re piiiiiissed. They’ve told her to “go die,” they’ve made comments about her looks, and they’ve literally just trolled for the past three days. As always, Beyoncé’s fans love to do the most, and it’s not even that serious…
But I must admit, Ora was just a tad bit disrespectful. I don’t think she meant any harm, and I’m under the impression that she has a comfortable relationship with both Jay and Bey. Plus, she’s clearly a fan of Beyoncé. She did her own version of the “7/11” video, and when asked about last year’s cheating rumors surrounding the couple, Ora quickly came to their defense on “The Breakfast Club”:
“Don’t you dare disrespect Beyoncé like that ever again in your entire life. You should know better than that…that’s just straight-up disrespect. You can’t even go there.”
So she rides for her boss and his wife–she just may be riding a little too hard.
Hugging another woman’s husband from behind is just one of those things you shouldn’t do. You don’t want to give anyone any ideas, and you don’t want to get too comfortable with someone else’s spouse. It can appear as though you’re flirting, even if you swear that you aren’t (just ask Kenya Moore), and it’s like you (yes, I’m talking to you valued reader) trying to hold hands with a colleague’s man, or hugging up on your very married boss. You just don’t do it.
I’m about 1000% sure that Beyoncé was not pressed about this hug (and Solange came to the Gala with her husband this year, so she was distracted and unable to kick a** and take names), so there’s no reason to read Ora for filth. But this is a good example for others when it comes to boundaries and how to behave around someone’s husband or significant other. Since he is her boss and the husband of someone else, she overstepped her boundaries. A light tap to get his attention and a quick hug would have sufficed. And considering that we haven’t even seen Beyoncé display this sort of affection towards her own husband in public, I have to state that it just wasn’t a good look for Ora.
I say all that to say, keep your distance and always remember to have boundaries when it comes to other people’s partner’s, ladies. The last thing you want is to get your reputation dragged, or your wig snatched over a misunderstanding…Don’t start none, won’t be none.
Let us be clear, this season’s crop of fashion on the Met Gala red carpet was not our favorite. The theme of “China: Through The Looking Glass” really didn’t work for anybody…or maybe we just didn’t get the references. The MET needs to stop with the themes, it just seems to throw everybody off.
Le sigh. Grap your cup…
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