Updated: Aug 30
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Afropunk transcends the boundaries of a mere safe space for queer creatives to express themselves. It is a powerful rebellion against the oppressive patriarchy that relentlessly attempts to stifle our individuality, a struggle that black queer individuals face daily.
This year, artist Durand Bernarr took the Afropunk 2023 stage wearing bright yellow House of Harry Halim platform heels just as electrifying as his performance. Durand's Roman Thevenin body chain served by stylist iCON Billingsley was finished with an embellished headpiece by German designer Incognidor, resembling an iconic 1980s Mugler statement piece.
Rapper Baby Tate sparked a wave of online criticism following last year’s appearance at Afropunk. She poured into the audience after dramatically shedding her floor-length trench coat, revealing a form-fitting pink bodysuit. Tate fearlessly showcased a moment of self-love and unwavering determination, leaving no room for doubt.
In this captivating series, we identify seven key fashion trends that defined the spirit of Afropunk 2023's queer creatives and extended family.
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1. Ready for Battle: Where Fantasy and Functionality Meets Fashion
2. Barbie-Core: Rave with Barbie
3. Grunge Reinterpreted: Embracing the Spirit of Rebellion
4. Blue Jeans: A Timeless Classic Reimagined
5. Sheer Elegance: Boldness and Beauty
6. The Not-So-Classic Man: Refined Style with a Twist
7. Ancient Future: A Glimpse into Cultural Fashion Transcending Time
As we celebrate the fearless pioneers who are shaping the future of fashion and style at Afropunk. It is a testament to the resilience and creativity of the black queer community and the people that inspire us.
Photography and Article by Marc Anthony George
Editor in Chief: K. Keith
Featured (in no particular order):
Stylist: Umesi Michael Louis
Fashion Designer and Creative
TikTok, Instagram, Twitch and Spotify: @caitdoeseverything
Hair Stylist: @thouartanuli, Online shop Superbaddiekawaii.com
Instagram: (personal): @sachi, (main): @chibith0t
Instagram & Twitter: @tearsofacidity
Musician and Artist
Publicist and Event Producer
Art Director, owner of Supernerd branding agency.
Film Director and Choreographer
Company: Grav Cannabis
Spotify: Dakota Lee
Photographer and Director
King of Jamaica
Model and Creative
Activist, Writer, and Keynote Speaker
Actor and Journalist
Designer and Creative
Multidisciplinary Artist and Model
The Queen Po
Founder of The Wellness Community &YouTuber
Holistic Wellness Consultant
YouTube: @TheQueenPo Instagram: @TheQueenPo TikTok: @TheQueenPo
Fashion Model and Writer
Fashion Stylist, Writer, and Psychology Researcher
Special Thanks to Afropunk and Annjie & Destiny at Audible Treats