“We Just Get Each Other”: Solange’s Stylist Kyle Luu On The Secret Behind Their Powerful Dynamic
“I knew from the beginning that When I Get Home (2019) was going to be an iconic project,” stylist Kyle Luu, 30, says of the 19-track album and accompanying film created by Solange Knowles. The Taiwanese-Vietnamese creative – who grew up on a diet of ’90s pop divas and often fashioned up DIY pieces for friends during her spare time – first met Knowles in 2017 when she styled her for the Met Gala and subsequently became the Grammy Award winner’s permanent stylist.
When I Get Home came about during a period of personal turmoil for Knowles as she faced health problems, but she says it was “the project that literally changed my life”. Filmed mostly in the singer’s birthplace of Houston, Texas, the album and film centre around her ancestral roots, while paying homage to Black cowboys and futurism with slick styling – Telfar, vintage Gucci and Dion Lee were no-brainers for the final looks. “It was really about keeping the vision open and [the wardrobe] very sharp and clean,” Luu explains via video call from her New York apartment.