Real Style: The 2012 Afropunk Festival

Yesterday my friend invited me to the Afropunk Festival, a two day Brooklyn bred concert featuring food trucks, booths, and performances by Afro soul and punk acts like Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, and Janelle Monae. Of course I hopped to it with Fashion Bomb photographer Marta in tow to take a bit of Real Style.

Take a look at what a few folks had on tap:

Elle from the blog In a Word Fab embraced exuberance in a fringed top, turban, printed skirt, and two toned wedge sneakers.

This young lady by the name of Shabazz looked cool and concert ready in a loose fit, floral caftan, topped off by a bevy of beautiful braids.

Chris, Armani, Anthony rocked fun t-shirts and ‘Blessed’ caps. Loving Chris’s Comme Des F*ckDown Shirt.

T-shirts were either proclaiming to “Comme des F*ck Down” or get “Turnt des F*ck Up.” I loved this young lady’s interpretation of the trendy tee. Inquire about it at Gold Whistle.

Naomi, Jediah, and Marie were relaxed in top and shorts combos, including a hot pair of American flag shorts. Cute!

Wedge sneakers and flats were the call for Liz, Phoebe, and Lydia, who looked chill in maxi dresses and mini shorts.

Cat and Sharaka exemplified the festival’s theme with natural manes offset by punk elements like ripped, bleach splashed jeans.

Fashion Bomb reader Chichi was in the house, and opted for simplicity in jean shorts and a tee.

More Fashion Bomb readers! Leah, Kenya, Queeta, and little Giselle were colorful in vibrant frocks and well plucked accessories. Look at Giselle giving face! Love it.

Tyra, Blake, and Alasia clung more to the festival’s punk theme in black separates and edgy accents.

I loved Maty’s printed romper, which she uplifted with an unexpected head wrap and gold flats.

Telli from the brand NinjaSonik (who we first photographed here) skewed crisp in all white, accompanied by a studded hat, red patterned belt, and paint splattered sneaks.

Cute, simple…what more could you want? Domo, Laney, Max, and Natasha rocked camo shorts, printed tees, and black or denim bottoms with purpose.

These girls came to party! I loved their deconstructed tees and fun, youthful energy.

Brian stopped me in my tracks. Check out that hair!

Mikie Alamode came to be seen. Everything about his look was fearless and bold, especially his inventive sunglasses.

These friends incorporated goth elements into their looks, but added a bit of humor with the ubiquitous Comme Des F*ckDown gear.

Bruce from Robot & Brucling bowties (who we wrote about here) also embraced black, but added edge with deconstructed designs, a gold chain, and a raised eyebrow for added effect.

Singer Drian Daniel and his friend coordinated in green and peachy hues.

Another Fashion Bomb reader in the house! Michela worked a printed dress, pink Dolce Vita sandals, and gorgeous vintage frames.

Curran J. Swint of Kings Rule Together brought his two colorful friends to the festivities. I loved young lady on the left’s Boxing Kitten top.

Kitsi and Lauren rocked African prints and cute headgear with flair.

These Fashion Bomb readers struck a quick pose before leaving. Loving those orange jumpers!

And lastly, Geneva wore a slew of hues, witnessed by her blue wedges, yellow shorts, orange purse, and multicolored button down.
As for me, I embraced fall’s sporty look in a tribal print dress by Kokon to Zai along with Comme des Garcons x Converse sneakers:

The event called for lots of walking, standing, and waiting, so comfortable shoes were oh so necessary…!

I slipped on a pair of Cazal 951 sunglasses, a Melody Ehsani Queen of the Jungle Necklace, a dash of Ruby Woo, and was concert ready.

It was a fun day!

In case you missed out, it’s still going on today, with a performance by new Covergirl Janelle Monae. Find out more about the festival at
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Photos by Marta McAdams.


Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style blog in the world.