The Curated Cool: Afropunk Festival 2015
By Sarah Owen

This two-day festival in Brooklyn is a lesson in individual style and liberal ethos. WGSN Youth Editor Sarah Owen shares her photography from the event

Aug 24, 2015
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Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015
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Although I’m no rookie to shooting festival street style (10 years and counting), Afropunk festival was a first for me. In light of the #NoChella movement and a general distaste for copy+paste festivalgoers, the two-day Brooklyn event is a welcome enabler for all expressive persons and personalities.

Now in its 11th year, Afropunk festival remains a sacred and safe spot, not akin to Burning Man, but sharing common ideologies with enormous billboards framing the stage stating “No sexism, no racism, no ableism, no ageism, no homophobia, no fat phobia, no transphobia, no hatefulness”.

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

You get the message. The result was a visual chaos of playful prints, intricate neon braids, and head-to-toe body adornments, and more importantly, it was the warmest and wholesome crowd I’ve come across in a long time.

Acts on the day included headliners Lauryn Hill and Lenny Kravitz, but my focus was on the fashion and the brilliantly stylish crowd.

The festival has now expanded with more global offerings including one in Paris and 2016 sees the launch of the first London outpost of the event, but some might say the summer Brooklyn event is the original and the best.

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk Festival Brooklyn 2015

Afropunk Festival Brooklyn 2015

Love The Curated Cool? Check out Sarah’s latest photography and what she’s seen – follow her on Instagram @sarahsarahowen. The Curated cool is a series where our WGSN editor Sarah Owen reports on the coolest global happenings, from Art Basel to SXSW and the most innovative digital events.

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