The Bold & The Beautiful--

Fashion Fair Takes on Afropunk In Style!

The boldest and the brightest found themselves in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park this weekend, celebrating the 12th Afropunk music festival. Three of the most daring brought Fashion Fair along for all of the fun.

Contributor: Staff



This weekend Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park saw some of the borough's finest denizens descend upon its sprawling plaza. Sure, they were there to take in Afropunk's annual two-day musical extravaganza with nearly 60,000 rocking out to an impressive roster of musical acts that included Solange, SZA, and Princess Nokia.  But the festival--which started in 2005 has since evolved into a black cultural phenomenon--is, in fact, a major fashion and beauty moment.

Demanding out-of-the-box looks that match the iconoclastic nature of the festival's biggest musical acts, Afropunk's attendees are always serving lewks and throwing 'fits. In fact, three of the most stylish attendees let Fashion Fair in on their fashion-forward time. Using the Rhapsody collection to help add the perfect finishing touches, these ladies rocked out in unapologetically bold fashion.

Here, model Anzie Dasabe, clothing designer Akua Shabaka, and writer Yaminah Mayo give us a peek into their Afropunk-approved lewks.

This was designer Akua's 4th Afropunk, making her something of a festival pro--and it showed! Not afraid to experiment with her look, Akua wore her own Afrofuturistic-inspired designs and embraced a vibrant color palette. It was the perfect look for the Brooklynite to take in Anderson Paak's show-stopping performance.

"Necessary art in this political climate," says Akua. Not only did Afropunk festivalgoers enjoy live musical acts, but relevant art installations and the wares of vendors that spoke to political and cultural moments of the day.

Anderson Paak brought the stage down on the second day of the two-day festival, leaving Akua and her girl gang speechless. Until next year...

Pre-Afropunk, Brooklyn-based model Anzie Dasabe was already coming up with festival-ready Fashion Fair beauty moments. The Rhapsody collection proved perfect for an out-of-the-box beat.

The switch up! Taking to Commodore Barry Park, Anzie let her blonde curls fly. A fresh beat with Fashion Fair's Foundation Stick, eyeshadows in "Pure Gold" and "Indigo", and Brilliance High Shine lip lacquer, and she was ready to rock out!

Fly girls flock together! Writer Yaminah Mayo found her groove at Afropunk quickly with her equally stylish homegirls and a bold swipe of Fashion Fair "Swoon" lipstick!

Yaminah quickly learned that Afropunk's experimental fashion demands a twirl (or two)!

Capturing the attitude, style, and energy of Afropunk, photographer Quil Lemons turned his famed lens on some of the coolest attendees and performers! From supermodel Ebonee Davis to singer NAO to premiere DJ, Kaytranada, Fashion Fair got a bold perspective of the weekend's festivities! As Lemons tells it, "This year I got the chance to attend Afropunk Music Festival, a celebration of black excellence like no other. The lineup was packed with performances from SZA, Solange, Willow Smith and Kaytranada to name a few. I finessed my way backstage to get a few candid shots of the performing artist and notable faces."