Born in Brooklyn, New York, the Afropunk Fest celebrates the contribution of black culture in its most quintessential form, by bringing together the rebellious spirit of punk and black beauty to create and electric expression of the self and showing what cool really is.
The two-day art and music festival in Brooklyn was the most happening event in the city, headlining the likes of iconic Grace Jones, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Lenny Kravitz; as well as recent up-and-comers like Kaytranada and Kelela. With a lineup that was nothing short of fresh in one of the most stylish cities in the world, you can expect the dress code to include some of the hottest outfits in the game.
The street style that was spotted made us gaga over Kente cloth headwraps. And they really did slay. The myriad of vibrant patterns, face jewellery and Poetic Justice style braids turned Commodore Barry Park into a temporary runway, with looks that make us wonder Where did she GET that? And how do I get one?.
Photographer Erica Jones captured the mood of the festival, full of positive energies and beautiful smiles of dancing people, indicating that this is not just a festival, but a revolution to create more artistic spaces for black voices to express and be heard. And what better way to creatively express yourself than with the natural fros, African wax prints and multicolored box braids that painted the park with colour and screamed to the world proudly that black is beautiful and you best not forget it.