Solange Goes Bold For Harper’s Bazaar, Talks 'Stable' Love Life

Beauty & Style | Camille Travis | 03/18/2014 | 11:30 AM EDT

Solo discusses new music, her one-of-a-kind style, dating director Alan Ferguson and more

Harper's Bazaar's fashion spread "The Cool Girl On The Block" only further proves the utter awesomeness that is Solange Knowles.

Shot by Julia Noni, the spirited singer sports creations from Ralph Lauren Collection, Cult Gaia, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Jeremy Scott by Linda Farrow, Tommy Hilfiger, Marni and more while dishing on new music, her personal style and love. Check out a few excerpts below.

On focusing on new music...

"I figure there's no better way to buckle down and finish it than to be as far away from everyone as possible, cell phone and computer behind. I'm not very good at writing songs when I have a lot of clutter in my mind."

On entering the music world at an early age...

"My parents constantly tried to talk me out of being an artist. They had gone through the whole journey with my sister and just wanted me to have a normal teenage life. [...] I still stand behind the stuff I did early on, but I was on a record label and I didn't have a lot of creative control. Another side of that is just being young and having bad taste. There was plenty of that too."

On becoming a young wife and mother...

"I was lucky with Julez. I was completely lost when we moved to Idaho, out in the country, and I devoted everything to him. In a lot of ways, emotionally and mentally, I feel far older than 27. Just going through a marriage and a divorce—which I essentially did by 21—will give you an insane amount of perspective on life."

On perfecting her style...

"You can pull images of me from seven to 14 years ago and I was absolutely nuts. I have always been drawn to interesting pieces and colors, but I didn't quite know how to limit myself and make those statement pieces work. [...] It sounds silly, I know, but having space for my clothes made a huge difference. I was able to get organized, free myself of clutter, and develop a style that felt like me."

On allowing son Juelz to pursue entertainment...

"It's certainly not what I have in mind for him. I'm constantly trying to push him to work at the U.N., or be a diplomat. I try to convince him by explaining that he wouldn't have to wait in lines at the airport, and that he can park anywhere."

On finding love with director Alan Ferguson...

"Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while. It's a fucked-up thing—without conflict it's a lot harder to write interesting songs."

Check out the entire article here.

(Photos: Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar, March 2014)

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