If you have been reading my blog, you’ll know already of my tendency to harp on personal style. In a world full of fast-fashion and cookie-cutter “of-the-moment” looks, it’s truly a breath of fresh air to see an original and creative outfit.
As I sat watching the Bill Cunningham New York documentary last night, I wondered what happened to all of those cool people who only dressed for themselves, who didn’t care about labels and who truly viewed dressing as an art form. I am lucky enough to know a few of these types…and when I say a “few”, I mean a small few.
Bill Cunningham’s quote “The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been and always will be.” really stuck with me. My city is conservative and a tad on the boring side, so when I see a navy suit walking down the street with a fuschia pocket square peeking out of the breast pocket, a smile will spread across my face.
My sister – a style maven in her own right – sent me a few pictures from the Afropunk Fest that took place this past weekend in Brooklyn, NY. I was blown away when I saw them. Not only were there a sea of faces that looked exactly like me, they were all beautiful in their own way and spectacularly stylish. I have looked at this set of pictures all day, I find them so beautiful. By the way, there is no way in hell I’m missing this music festival next year. The lineup was too amazing: Gary Clark Jr., Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones (I just want to see her in person), Kelis, Vintage Trouble and more.
Here are some shots taken last weekend. I love everything happening style-wise!
“We’re in the age of the cookie-cutter sameness. There are few that are rarities, someone who doesn’t look like ten million others.” – Bill Cunningham
What is your favourite Afropunk Fest look? Know anyone who is a true stylesetter?? Let me know in the comments! Let me know too if you attended! I’ve Got Cake – I’m looking at you. #jealous