Black Men Killed Festival Fashion at Afropunk
Leave it to black men to redefine how men are suppose dress is at this year’s Afropunk festival. In the traditional sense of menswear, frills, fringe and flowers doesn’t lend itself as the perfect pairing for a well tailored suit or a t-shirt with jeans, but in 2019 freedom of expression has infiltrated mens fashion’s clean cut reputation. Menswear as we know it is rapidly evolving, shedding the layers of “too extra” and “too feminine” for a man to wear. Afropunk’s theme this year, "We See You" wasn’t just appropriate for the love, culture and unity that the festival goers bring to Brooklyn (or Atlanta, Paris or South Africa where Afropunk has since expanded), it was fitting for the black men using fashion as a proclamation of our individual uniqueness to be oneself and our collective brotherhood to fellowship with each other with our differences. We see you, men of Kolor, at the forefront of style.
Afropunk Brooklyn was a weekend long music festival held at Commodore Barry Park and featured performances from J.I.D, Leon Bridges, Hyro The Hero, Gary Clark Jr., Ho99o9, Kamasi Washington and more. Click through our street style round up below to see the best festival fashion menswear look from black and brown men shot by Ammar Thomas (@manmeetsstyle).
Photographer: Ammar Thomas