WELCOME TO AFROPUNKMonday, 31st August 2015 •
THERE’S NO USE DENYING IT – THE PHOTOGENIC EVENT KNOWN AS AFROPUNK IS THE FINAL WORD IN COOL. BUT REALLY, HOW COULD IT NOT BE? YOU’VE GOT THE COOLEST KIDS FROM THE WORLD’S COOLEST CITY GATHERING TOGETHER FOR A DAY OF COOL MUSIC… DID WE MENTION AFROPUNK (AND EVERYTHING ABOUT IT) IS PRETTY DAMN COOL?
Boasting a lineup to rival any other – with acts including Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Gary Clark Jr and Kelis – as well as a fancy dress ball and a carefully curated after dark program, the only thing rivalling the festival itself was the patronage. No faux-ho (you know, faux boho?) in sight here. With the hackneyed old festival clichés well and truly shunned by the Afropunk crowd, it was all about unadulterated originality – custom pieces, repurposed accessories and – you guessed it – a healthy ‘fro or two (often boasting a candy coloured hue or two) bobbing through the crowd.
“I will not be objectified, stereotyped, confined, exoticized. I will be respected” read the t-shirt of one festival attendee. “F*ck with me when your chakras are aligned” could be seen splattered across the back of another. No matter your motto, it was all about the beauty of self-expression at Afropunk 2015.
But don’t take our word for it – check out our style edit from the festival below, and fall in love with this celebration of individuality for yourself. All images courtesy of Driely S.
Monday, 31st August 2015 •