Afropunk: Festival Style Has Never Looked So Good

It won’t make you groan even once.


The New York Times has called Afropunk “the most multicultural festival in the US,” and this past weekend it blew through a little town called Brooklyn and re-proved the point, like, 700 times over. I’m not kidding. And you’re going to get proof.

If you haven’t heard of Afropunk, you might be thinking, “Another music festival? What’s the big deal? I’ve seen a flower crown and a daisy duke.” To which I’d say, “Okay, but have you seen this flower crown? And these daisy dukes?”


I mean…

I’m freaking out over these photos, you guys. Afropunk is hyped as having the most batshit insanely gorgeous and amazing street style ever and, as much as I enjoy throwing wet towels on “hype,” this time I’ve found it to be categorically true. These photos are pure and total dessert. Actually? They’re dinner.

Click through above to see and meet some of the people who went this year, read about what inspired their looks and try your best to soak up their imagination through osmosis. You’ll need it for Labor Day.

Photographed by Simon Chetrit; follow him on Instagram @simonzchetrit.


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  • Glaur

    So inspiring and beautiful !

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  • Kay

    Wow this was so insanely gorgeous! So many details and yet they still looked casual, such committed looks and yet they were so unforced, so non-precious. Just really really good. Can’t stop flipping thru.

  • I live near the park where Afropunk takes place and every year I get so excited to see the beauty and fashion on my street!

  • Jaclyn Levy

    Wow. This is amazing. I’ve been schooled. Suddenly my “edgy” style feels so normcore. I need to go shopping, stat. Gorgeous, and I loved the stories. Well done, MR.

  • Wow! I love all of the interesting piercings too. I will never understand people who call these cultures ugly. We should celebrate this diversity all year long!

  • I was going to point out the looks I liked and then realized that it was all of them…. everyone looks amazing. and free! no fashion constraints. THIS is how you DIY. (Do It Yourway)

  • Samantha s

    This is one of the best street style articles I’ve seen in a long time…it makes me feel joyful

  • B

    There are so many typos in the picture captions!!!!!

  • Sam

    The photos are FANTASTIC! Amazing style and creativity in every single picture!

  • Jutta Gyllichsen

    WTF?????? It’s just more stupid ghetto fabulous!

  • amazing style, you’re sure to stand out in a crowd using these pics for inspiration !

  • Ally Vee

    Listen, photo #7 with Bhawk is giving me EVERYTHING. I LOVE that look.