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Kelly Rowland Style Evolution: From Destiny’s Child to Today

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In the early days of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams invariably took to the stage — and the red carpet — in coordinating outfits. It wasn’t until they split up in 2006 that Rowland began to cultivate a discernible style of her own, showing a penchant for edgier, more body-con designs by the likes of Alexandre Vauthier, Lanvin, and — just this past weekend — Lady Gaga stylist Brandon Maxwell. Now, instead of wearing Tina Knowles, sits front row at Chloé and Haider Ackermann.

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Short a member, the Destiny’s Child ladies started to up their game in 2000, appearing in sparkly floor-length gowns in lieu of their usual costumes. Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles, and Michelle Williams at the VH1 Fashion Awards in New York, New York, October 2000. Photo by Getty Images.

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Rowland, Beyonce, and Michelle Williams still couldn’t resist coordinating outfits circa 2002. Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams at the 44th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2002. Photo by VInce Bucci/Getty Images.

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Rowland stepped out on her own the following year in a sleek peach-colored gown. Kelly Rowland at the 45th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2002. Photo by SGranitz/WireImage.

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At the Grammys three years later, Rowland showed off a longer hair style paired with a more daring silhouette. Kelly Rowland at the 48th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2006. Photo by SGrantiz/WireImage for The Recording Academy.

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In Donna Karan, Rowland went short and vivid for a red carpet appearance — her looks started to tend towards the bright and bold, albeit a bit more reserved than the Destiny’s Child days. Kelly Rowland at the world premiere of Sex and the City in London, England, May 2008. Photo by Getty Images.

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Rowland goes salmon pink with Naomi Campbell-esque bangs; her evolving hair styles reflect her changing tastes nearly as much as her choice of wardrobe. Kelly Rowland at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards in London, England, November 2011. Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images.

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Shorter hair, shorter hem: Rowland experiments with embellishments in a body-con Marchesa Notte dress. Kelly Rowland at the BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, June 2011. Photo by Getty Images.

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After a series of vividly colorful looks, Rowland took a more reserved route in Alberta Ferretti. Kelly Rowland at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 2012. Photo by Getty Images.

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When she began judging X-Factor, Rowland stepped up her couture game — here, in a chic but conservative Lanvin minidress. Kelly Rowland in Los Angeles, California, July 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

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Rowland’s recent looks have tended towards single colors — often black or white — with striking embellishments; here, she wears Alexandre Vauthier. Kelly Rowland at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California, November 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

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And even in muted colors, she still finds room for a bold pattern — here, in Ashish. Kelly Rowland in Atlanta, Georgia, April 2015. Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage.

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Of course, there’s always room for a pop of color — especially when it comes to Lanvin. Kelly Rowland at the American Ballet Theater Spring Gala in New York, New York, May 2014. Photo by Getty Images.

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In recent years, the singer has also become a prominent front row-er at Paris fashion Week. She wore a flowing Chloé top and skirt with paparazzi-proof shades to the designer’s Fall 2015 presentation. Kelly Rowland at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2015 in Paris, France, March 2015. Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images.

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During fashion week, where she’s become something of a front row staple, she can be spotted in the likes of Balmain, here. Kelly Rowland at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2016 in Paris, France, March 206. Photo by Getty Images.

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Such striking details might occasionally include feathers in abundance à la this Lever Couture look. Kelly Rowland at the BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, June 2015. Photo by Getty Images.

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Because understated colors leave space for statements elsewhere — Rowland’s recent Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit offers proof positive that 20 years into her sartorial experiments, she’s still game for a daring move. Kelly Rowland at BET’s Black Girls Rock! Honors in New York, New York, April 2016. Photo by Getty Images.