Street style varies wildly from festival to festival, nevertheless, the thousands of devout attendees of summer music events tend to adopt dress codes that align with the spirit of a particular festival. For Coachella there’s never been a shortage of flower crowns, crochet tops and cutoff shirts — clearly there’s something of a nouveau hippie spirit in the atmosphere. Conversely, a day at Electric Zoo or the Electric Daisy Carnival might make feel like you walked into a really bad (or good) acid trip. All the glitter-festooned faces, wildly-colored hairstyles and iridescent spandex have that effect.
Afropunk Festival is a bit odd in that respect. While there’s no shortage of self-expression, the style aligns less with the particular sartorial traditions of a subculture and more with the change-seeking philosophy of the festival. Now in its 12th and largest year, Afropunk has transformed from a small, music and activism movement to a global community with festivals in Brooklyn, London, Atlanta and soon, Paris.
It is a place where lines of booths dubbed “Activism Row,” bring out music lovers and believers in change in equal measures, and giant banners promoting an inclusive experience hang next to every stage proclaiming “no homophobia, no sexism, no ageism,” and a long list of other prejudices that will not be tolerated. Perhaps that kind of environment provides subtle encouragement for people to come as they are, or as who they want to be.
So take a look at the most beautiful, weird, wild and wonderful street style from Afropunk weekend in the gallery above.
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