When Solange Asks You To Stick To An All-White Dress Code, You Commit

Photo: Courtesy of Melodie Jeng/Red Bull.
It's one thing to dress up for a concert. It's a whole other ball game to dress up for a Solange Knowles concert...at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The performer has long treated style as a continuation of her work in other creative mediums — be they musical, visual, and so forth — and has become an icon of expressive, fearless fashion in the process. So, when attending one of her shows, you want to dress to the nines — multiplied by four. After all, it's the least we can do to honor an individual who wears a Thom Browne puffer on a balmy May evening without breaking a sweat, and has (at one point or another) convinced us that we could, theoretically, pull it off too.
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The invitation to Knowles' An Ode To performance, part of the Red Bull Music Academy, came with instructions: All attendees must wear white. (Oh, and if you didn't see many #OOTDs from the museum's iconic rotunda? That's because, at the artist's requests, all phones were checked at the door.) And so, a Thursday night concert on the Upper East Side became the most surprising source of pre-Memorial Day monochromatic style inspiration, led by the queen of off-the-cuff dressing.
In spite of a social ban, the line-up of summer white looks were captured for posterity (i.e. pinning, sharing, and bookmarking) by street style photographer Melodie Jeng, who followed the droves of incredibly stylish people uptown before they embarked on an a sensory adventure. Here's what they wore.
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Peace, the language everyone understands.
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An excuse to wear extra-soft fabrics and all the accessories.
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Sunglasses add a pop of color.
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It's all in the details.
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Yes to a bright, bold lip.
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Fabric, but make it fashion.
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A skirt that doubles as art.
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We're always fans of matching #OOTDs.
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Simplicity goes a long way.
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Now this is what we call athluxury.
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A little bit of lace goes a long way.
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Name a more iconic trio.
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Solange sent out the all-white mandate, but these two got the gold jewelry memo.
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If you buy one thing for summer '17, make it a mid-length midi dress like this one.
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Matching your reflective sunglasses with the print on your shirtdress? Master-level coordination.
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Ruffled sleeves: still having a moment.
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The cold-shoulder meets the frayed denim for might just be the new "It" dress silhouette.
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Ready for that #OOTD shot.
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Wear it to the Solange concert now, then bring the dress back for a Memorial Day weekend barbecue.
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The good thing about being among a monochromatic crowd? Your poppy-red Gucci bag is sure to stand out.
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Friends that wear all-white (and ensure no one spills on the other person's outfit) together, stay together.
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It's all in the details...
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Cape goals.
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Why not throw in a subtle hint of blue?
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