AFROPUNK BROOKLYN FASHION ROUNDUP
Written by Devyn Springer
The Brooklyn leg of the five-city music festival known as Afropunk has now passed, and as always it was a Black fashion, art, and cultural spectacle. The festival which began in Brooklyn over a decade ago now draws in crowds of thousands every year, and hosts performances from some of the biggest names in rock, hip-hop, R&B, and indie artists. This year the festival's headliners were mostly badass women like Solange, Willow Smith, SZA, and Leikeli47 among many more, and the attendees decided to show out through fashion and creative expression.
The looks each year are inspired by Afropunk's dedication to creating a space of free expression for Black people and to let folks dress, dance, and be how they want bothered. This year the looks were wildly inspiring, with an underlying fashion theme that seemed to teeter between political activism charged fashion and free-flowing diaspora flower child looks. With Black Lives Matter pins, flowers in afros, the sun bouncing off exposed chests and reflecting off piercings and denim, the colorful splash of Black fashion was truly a beautiful mixture of art and activism. Take a look below at the beautiful clothing draping the various hues of melanin that were present at the festival that mirror it's "No Sexism, No Racism, No Ableism, No Ageism, No Homophobia, No Fatphobia, No Transphobia, and No Hatefulness" mantra. (P.S: I'm still waiting for them to add "No Islamophobia to the rosters of isms that aren't welcome")