These AFROPUNK Paris looks have set the standard for upcoming music festival fashion

Portrait by Cape Town born photographer Leeroy Jason
Portrait by Cape Town born photographer Leeroy Jason

It's summer in Europe, and what that usually means for us is getting an endless supply of style inspo for our upcoming Spring/Summer fashion season. 

We've barely recovered from the sartorial itis from the delectable fashion served at Paris Haute Couture Week on and off the runway, and now, in true Parisian style, AFROPUNK Paris has whet our fashion appetites for our own upcoming local music festivals, including AFROPUNK Joburg, of course.

The 2019 AFROPUNK theme is "We See You" and we have 167 days to plan our Afrofuturistic, punk, and DIY outfits that best portray our creativity. 

READ MORE: Sindiso Khumalo, Maxhosa and Ri.Ch Factory define their narratives of Afrofuturism at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July

With other music festivals such as Rocking the DaisiesShekhinah’s Rosefest Festival, and In the City all still coming up, it's not too soon to start creating your moodboard with some inspo borrowed from the looks spotted at this past weekend's AFROPUNK Paris festival along with some style moments captured by Cape Town-born photographer Leeroy Jason.

READ MORE: The street style at Afropunk was so unique it almost didn't belong on Instagram 


Music festivals are usually where people go bold - braided headgear, intricately beaded updos, and larger-than-life hair extensions. 

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Goth Goddess! By @ojoz ??#afropunkparis

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Face art

The term 'face art' is used deliberately here due to the manner in which festival goers play with their makeup. 

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Huuuuuuuum ces détails... Par @ojoz #afropunkparis

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The bigger, the better. This might actually be the most important part of a good festival look. 

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The beautiful people at @afropunk ??by @karmicdelight

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Statement threads

Lastly, a well-tailored garment in a printed fabric - Shweshwe, Ankara, animal or geometric - is sure to land you on multiple best-dressed lists. 

They're not in a printed fabric, but how great are these exaggerated paper-bag pants?

Embroidery almost counts as print, right?

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