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FEATURE: Fashion in retrospect - the 'Vintage Black Glamour' book

From what began as research for a novel about three friends who meet as contestants in all-black beauty pageants in the 1950s, Nichelle Gainer found herself on a never ending exploration of black fashion history - with a focus on "Vintage Black Glamour", the title of her new book. In the book, a collection of images from 1900 to 1980, Gainer…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 23, 2015 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

FASHION: The handmade creations of Manaka

Check out fashion label Manaka. Based in Australia, the owner, maker, and designer, Manaka, creates womenswear and accessories that are not only wearable pieces of art; but - as she puts it - made lovingly by her hands. Explore some of these creations, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 9, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

FASHION: The 'Fabric Merchant', by photographer Jason Bassett

Check out this editorial from photographer Jason Bassett. The shoot was inspired by an interior-design shop that looked like a modern day fabric market shop; and as you'll see, the end result is magic. Explore the images, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

"The inspiration actually came on a whim…

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Added by Safety Pins on January 2, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK STREET STYLE: LULU

Shot by French Gold photography, our new streetstyle series is a celebration of all the style and fashion from within our AFROPUNK community - exploring indivIdual style and the minds behind them. On that note, meet young Skater and model Lulu. 

Age: 8

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY…

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Added by Safety Pins on December 26, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

FASHION: Angels and a Raven, the latest editorials from Reflekt Mag

Check out the latest editorials from Reflekt Mag, shot by photographer Jasmyne Johnson. Titled 'Desert Raven' and 'Archangels', one editorial focuses on silhouettes while the other captures the neo-noir setting of downtown Los Angeles. Explore the images, below; plus video footage from Lawrence Lindell.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK…

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Added by Safety Pins on December 26, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: MOSAERT's new unisex capsule collection - Stromae's clothing line

Check out the new unisex capsule collection from 'MOSAERT' - the clothing line from Belgian musician Stromae. The musician, known for his vibrant colors and striking look, has collaborated with Brussels studio Boldatwork to create the African influenced and College-style fashion brand; naming the clothing line after an acronym of his name. Explore some images of the capsule collection, below.…

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Added by Safety Pins on December 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK STREET STYLE: FREDDIE

 

FREDDIE

 

Age: 26

Hometown: Connecticut (moved to Harlem, NY, last year)…

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Added by Safety Pins on December 17, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

FASHION: FKA Twigs lensed by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue US

Girl of the moment FKA Twigs has landed herself a spot in the upcoming January issue of fashion bible Vogue US. Check out some images from the 'Wild Child' editorial, below - lensed by the legendary French fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Added by Safety Pins on December 17, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

SPOTLIGHT: Beads Byaree by Areeayl Goodwin

Once the end of the semester swings around I always tell myself, Oh, you have worked so hard on finals and everything… treat yourself… and I yes, I think I have done that… a bit treating more than my measly college bank account may have permitted, however, I always love coming across fabulous accessories and one more necklace couldn’t hurt, right? I am really in love with the imaginative and innovative jewelry…

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Added by Safety Pins on December 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FASHION: An interview with Cherize Ross, the designer behind South African clothing label K-Word

Lately, the City of Cape Town has seen a wave of discourse around race, belonging, legacy and they way we see ourselves and each other 20 years after democracy. While Ferguson burns and so does the need to find solace from the harsh times we face, we as South Africa have our own issues to deal with, and somehow managed to find our own ways of expressing how our daily experiences make us. Designer Cherize Ross finds her comfort in K-Word, her recently released…

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Added by Safety Pins on December 12, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: BLKKANGAROO - Color, Vibrancy, and an African aesthetique

Check out these stunning images from BLKKANGAROO’s Spring/ Summer 15 lookbook. Founder, Seye Ogunlesi started the label following the popularity of his  “if found return to the Motherland” t-shirts - which he first sold from a backpack at AFROPUNK FEST 2012. The collection, noted for its bold graphics, prints and an undeniable African heritage echoes the fun, laid-back vibe of Ogunlesi and his team - art director, Emmanuel Obayemi and fashion director,…

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Added by Safety Pins on December 11, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Photographer Bukunmi Grace gets vibrant with latest fashion story

Check out this stunning editorial from Nigerian born photographer Bukunmi Grace - with designs from Elle Magazine Rising Star Design Finalist, Julienne by Julia M'poko. The vibrant fashion story features Nigerian-American model …

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Added by Safety Pins on December 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Designer Spotlight: Baruti Libre of Libre Brand - Freedom of Flyness

Meet designer, entrepreneur, and scholar, Baruti Libre (pictured above) of Libre Brand: Freedom of Flyness.  I was fortunate to speak over the phone with the warm spirited, humble, inspiring, and extremely insightful Baruti, discussing not only the vision behind his brand, but the importance of cultural awareness, liberation and much more!  Libre Brand is about instilling this sense of confidence in customers and further, a brand that caters to kings and…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 20, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul in Stunning Flaunt Magazine Editorial

South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul is featured in a stunning Flaunt Magazine editorial photographed by Pierre Dal Corso. Style Director: Long Nguyen. Clothes by Elie Saab Haute Couture, Dior and Armani Prive.

Check out some of the images below and visit Flaunt Mag for more.…




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Added by Safety Pins on November 19, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FASHION: Archetype Magazine's stunning editorial with Sudanese model, Grace Bol

Check out this stunning editorial centred on Sundanese model Grace Bol. The images - taken by photographer Greg Swales - are for the second issue of bi-annual magazine Archetype, and was styled by the magazine's Editor-in-chief and fashion director - Shan Temuri.  Explore the images, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 13, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Lupita Nyong'o was told she'd never be married because of her dark skin

Actress Lupita Nyong'o talks colorism with recent comments in Glamour. Nyong'o has become the Magazine's 24th Woman of the Year, and told the magazine about her experiences growing up as a 'Dark Girl': "When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, ‘Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?’ Nyong'o adds, "I remember seeing a commercial where a woman goes for an interview…

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Added by Safety Pins on November 5, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Eyewear designers Coco & Breezy collaborate with Prince for SNL performance

If you're an AFROPUNK fan you probably know about twin sisters Coco & Breezy. They've hosted Afropunk events and we've featured them on Afropunk.com.

These badass eyewear designers recently collaborated with Prince for his appearance on Saturday Night Live with his band 3RDEYEGIRL. They tell us: "This unique design originated as a digital drawing on his album cover “Art Official Age,”. Coco and Breezy, who grew up only a few minutes from Paisley Park in Chanhassen,…
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Added by Safety Pins on November 4, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Emoji Express - the online apparel store run by young college entrepreneurs

Check out Emoji Express, the online apparel run by a team of young college entrepreneurs. In addition to working with manufacturers in the United States, the company works in partnership with an African textile company; with an aim to further the African Textile Industry. The team have now set up a Kickstarter to take the company to the next level. Watch the video below to see how you can support.

By Alexander…

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Added by Safety Pins on October 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Tattoo Of The Week: Krystal

Krystal proudly says: "When you're this badass you can still have a forearm tattoo AND a job that pays taxes"! She's our Tattoo of the Week. To submit your tattoos for Tattoo Of The Week, send pictures + answers to the questionnaire below to afropunk@afropunk.com.





-Name:Krystal…

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Added by Safety Pins on October 20, 2014 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Tattoo Of The Week: Meet Simone

Simone hails from Oakland, CA. This badass Black, queer and feminine lady is on her journey to feel comfortable in her own skin. She's our Tattoo Of The Week.

To submit your tattoos for Tattoo Of The Week, send pictures + answers to the questionnaire below to afropunk@afropunk.com.…




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Added by Safety Pins on October 10, 2014 at 9:19am — No Comments

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