“I’m finishing my record, and I think I’m going to be the happiest person alive when it’s done,” she says. I saw someone wearing one of the abstract art–printed pieces and asked them who made it. I got married for the first time at 17, so that might have something to do with it.
The singer sat down with to talk about her current fashion obsessions, the challenges of life as a working mom and artist, and why she loves to call New Orleans home. Then a friend of mine mentioned that I should meet Carin [the designer]. I’ve been with my current husband going on eight years, and it’s interesting to me how I’ve redefined sexy through my relationship, in terms of becoming the woman that I am now.
I had to get it hemmed by the tailor and he ironed it and it put a little bit of a stain on it.
Humberto was like, “See, that’s why I made the backup dress! Mainstream media tends to showcase a very specific kind of Mardi Gras, but my experience of Mardi Gras is very different, it’s very cultural.
“Only a Texan girl like me would step out in weather like this wearing open-toed shoes! “But I do love that I could curl up and fall asleep in this dress—that’s what’s dreamy.” The singer has flown in from Mardi Gras in New Orleans for Fashion Week, and the warm claret red dress she’s wearing for Rodebjer’s cocktail party–cum-presentation is a cozy asymmetric look that’s been plucked from the label’s new Fall collection.
Knowles admits to having “a love-hate relationship” with the shows, but her enthusiasm for cool, under-the-radar fashion is real: As well as supporting some of her close friends on the front row, including Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony, Knowles likes to sniff out new indie labels whenever she gets the chance, and right now Carin Rodebjer’s arty Scandinavian designs are among the top on her list.
” Now I have learned to understand the elegance and the sexiness of black. Believe it or not, we planned our wedding in two months. Humberto [Leon] literally put that dress together for me in two months, and made a backup dress in case something got messed up.
Living very publicly and going through all of these intense phases when you feel like that is truly who you think you are, I think that’s a part of your 20s. I’m feeling for duality these days because I live in New Orleans, and when I’m there, my style is different than when I’m anywhere else. What’s funny is that he made them in two different fabrics—one a little bit structured, and the other more fluid—and I ended up wearing the backup dress; they were the exact same silhouette.
” When I think of that day, I can’t even put it into words. It is also one of those things you can’t put into words, you can’t really put your finger on what is so magical about it. It spans over the course of two weeks, the kids are let out of school.
Everyone says it goes so fast, and there were some people that said you’re going to be happy when it’s over because it was so much work, but I could have lived the rest of my life in that wedding. On Fat Tuesday there is a huge parade called Zulu, and it’s really interesting because way back in the city’s history, black people were only allowed to be in the parade if they were in grass skirts or other stereotypical costumes.