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AFROPUNK FEST : #WINNING LOOKS WE LOVE!

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AFROPUNK FEST : #WINNING LOOKS WE LOVE!

Ariel Lauren

  “Roderick Frazier’s two-piece suit was less than $100 on the website    Jack Threads   .” -    Deidre Schoo    for The    New York Times

“Roderick Frazier’s two-piece suit was less than $100 on the website Jack Threads.” - Deidre Schoo for The New York Times

 

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!!

You might not find looks you love more in 2015. Don’t worry you won’t have to spend hours searching like I did, but you might just want to after seeing the tip of this magical AP iceberg. I’ve created an inspirational collection of AFROPUNK radness…

FOR YOUR DROOLING PLEASURE!!

 

AFROPUNK Fest is my favorite event of the year that isn’t about fashion but is ALL about fashion!  AND…AND…AND THEY BROUGHT D’ANGELO BACK YA’LL. For two glorious days in the summer for the past 10 years over 60,000 people gather in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY to celebrate music, art and come-as-you-are culture. Grace Jones and attendees brought it at the Afropunk fancy dress ball. It is my new life goal to go to this party!                                                             

  Grace Jones at the 2015 AFROPUNK Festival, August 22, 2015 [  What’s not to like about an event   where the] “central tenets are emblazoned on two towering banners that flank either side of the main stage. No sexism. No racism. No ableism. No ageism. No homophobia. No fatphobia. No transphobia. No hatefulness.”   -   Kathleen Caulderwood for    Village Voice    

Grace Jones at the 2015 AFROPUNK Festival, August 22, 2015 [What’s not to like about an event where the] “central tenets are emblazoned on two towering banners that flank either side of the main stage. No sexism. No racism. No ableism. No ageism. No homophobia. No fatphobia. No transphobia. No hatefulness.” - Kathleen Caulderwood for Village Voice 

  More Looks you could never have imagined in your wildest dreams at Afropunk fancy dress ball. Who knew matching your socks to your turban could be so fabulous!     #Winning combo: TURBAN | TRIBAL PAINT | CHUNKY JEWELS

More Looks you could never have imagined in your wildest dreams at Afropunk fancy dress ball. Who knew matching your socks to your turban could be so fabulous! 

#Winning combo: TURBAN | TRIBAL PAINT | CHUNKY JEWELS

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     My social media was poppin’ off with magical images from AFROPUNK Fest this past weekend!!! The awe-inspiring CHOPP a Jax native and INSPIRATION for this post and in genera.  Essence Magazine managed to capture some of her fashion prowess in the image below . She is a multitalented musician and educator for The Future Project literally helping kids make their dreams come true as a Dream Director. She embodies the spirit of the fest and YES she dresses like this 24/7 ya’ll! Her style is in a league of it’s own, her hair is a glorious crown that she wears in ever eccentric ways. Join her over 2000 followers on instagram @robertahhood.                      

     Afropunk was described by The New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US” the event is a space for those who march to the beat of their own drum and thrive outside of the mainstream. AFROPUNK’s 10-year history and identity is rooted in celebrating the unconventional and non conforming heavily centered around contemporary black music, made accessible to everyone. The fest site encourages you to “Come…Feel the music, express yourself, join the movement.”

 

 

BOLD  |  CAREFREE  |  CONFIDENT |  WITHOUT LIMITS  

Hairstyles breaking even the laws of gravity!

 #Winning combo: BRAIDS | SCARFS | HATS   These styles break all the rules and set a few new bars. AFROPUNK peeps captured in Vogue’s ‘Forces of Nature: 28 Afropunk Hair Portraits by Artist Awol Erizku (Artist to follow @awolerizku) in article by    MARJON CARLOS

#Winning combo: BRAIDS | SCARFS | HATS
These styles break all the rules and set a few new bars. AFROPUNK peeps captured in Vogue’s ‘Forces of Nature: 28 Afropunk Hair Portraits by Artist Awol Erizku (Artist to follow @awolerizku) in article by MARJON CARLOS

  THIS EFFORTLESS ANDROGYNOUS look has a special place in my QTPOC heart. Bae is giving Rosie the Riveter a run for her money in the camel colored overalls, they are ready to work it. This is how you rock a sports bra people. Floridians take note.    #Winning combo : BLACK LIPS | SCARF | BOOTS

THIS EFFORTLESS ANDROGYNOUS look has a special place in my QTPOC heart. Bae is giving Rosie the Riveter a run for her money in the camel colored overalls, they are ready to work it. This is how you rock a sports bra people. Floridians take note.

#Winning combo : BLACK LIPS | SCARF | BOOTS



FAVORITE INSTAGRAM FASHIONS 

THESE LADIES ARE EVERYTHING!!!

 

FINALLY My favorite ensemble!!!!

  I LOOOOOOVE! I love this rust colored skirt for fall paired with black crop top (boatneck, ¾” sleeve to boot, whaaaat?!?! YASSSS!), this boi ain’t playin’ in that black brimmed hat and leather bag transforming a possible prairie look to a high end cocktail hour. This image embodies new beauty in America. We are all intersectional beings and  there are no boundaries but the ones we place on ourselves. We are as beautiful, gorgeous, dapper, effortless as we feel. AFROPUNK lesson number #444 Ditch the pants, get a skirt, be a BOSS! It doesn’t hurt to look like    Taye Diggs    in the process.    #Winning combo: CROP TOP | SKIRT | SASSY STARE

I LOOOOOOVE! I love this rust colored skirt for fall paired with black crop top (boatneck, ¾” sleeve to boot, whaaaat?!?! YASSSS!), this boi ain’t playin’ in that black brimmed hat and leather bag transforming a possible prairie look to a high end cocktail hour. This image embodies new beauty in America. We are all intersectional beings and  there are no boundaries but the ones we place on ourselves. We are as beautiful, gorgeous, dapper, effortless as we feel. AFROPUNK lesson number #444 Ditch the pants, get a skirt, be a BOSS! It doesn’t hurt to look like Taye Diggs in the process.

#Winning combo: CROP TOP | SKIRT | SASSY STARE


     Now that you have Everything you need to feel inspired, go forth and get freaky with your style. If someone doesn’t give you the stank-eye at least once in the course of your day then you’re not doing it right! Lose the fear of the unknown and get to know your true style sense. I promise you will have a lot more fun getting dressed! Share your pictures with us of your most unique concoction @theinventoryroom. I can’t wait to see what our readers come up with. Challenge your friends, do a wardrobe swap and if you just can’t figure it out call in the big guns!

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Happy styling!

-Ari

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EVEN MORE!!

Want to read more about AFROPUNK fest and fashion read my favorite from PAPER mag.

ALL OUR FAVORITE LOOKS FROM AFROPUNK FEST interviews and photos by Morgan Zakarin

 

....Or any of the other sources I pulled inspiration for this article from. Take your pick!

 OUR 24 FAVORITE LOOKS AT AFROPUNK FEST; Paper Magazine; Antwaun Sargent, JiaJia Fei

Scenes From the Afropunk Festival’s Fancy Ball The New York Times; T MAGAZINE; JENNA MAROTTA

Forces of Nature: 28 Afropunk Hair Portraits by Artist Awol Erizku (Artist to follow @awolerizku); Vogue Magazine;

MARJON CARLOSSTREET STYLE: BOLD & BEAUTIFUL PUNK PRINCESSES FROM AFROPUNK FEST Essence Magazine; Hannan Saleh

THE BEST FESTIVAL STREET STYLE WAS AT AFROPUNK Elle Magazine; Elle.com

The Bold and theBeautiful The Best Street Style at Afropunk; Vogue Magazine ; MARJON CARLOS,BEN RASMUSSEN

The Dopest Street Style Snaps From AfroPunk Fest 2014; The Huffington Post: Black Voices; Dana Oliver


 

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