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18/10/2016

Here’s the Best Street Style From Afropunk Festival in London

Rhythm, color, curiosity and rawness. Take a cursory glance over the Afropunk Festival mission statement and from those four words alone it’s easy enough to gauge a sartorial insight into those who patron the yearly event.

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Since its inception back in 2005, Afropunk has mushroomed from a one-off music festival in New York into an indispensable component of contemporary African-American culture: its significance acutely amplified in 2016 thanks to the modern political and social climate.

Despite being ostensibly incompatible, fashion and music festivals have become inextricably linked in recent years, with the likes of Coachella and Glastonbury now viewed by celebrities as a window for posturing on par with any fashion week. Yet while Afropunk is not exempt from its share of paparazzo, the festival’s core values of anti-homophobia, sexism, ageism and, of course, racism, sets it apart from its peers in that such freedom for self-expression is tempered by rich values and tolerance, rather than empty vanity. Or, as organizers themselves put it: “In a world where it can feel unsafe to have black skin, the amazement from onlookers made you remember the beauty in your carefree blackness.”

With the likes of Grace Jones, Young Fathers, Goldlink and SZA all slated to perform, Afropunk London was primed to TU. And one doesn’t TU fully if one isn’t wearing one’s best garms.

Check our shots of the best street style from the weekend in the gallery above, and then let us know in the comments who you think had more steeze. London or New York?

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20/09/2016

London Fashion Week, Day 4: Burberry and More

The weekend moved at a breakneck pace this season, taking industry insiders to London’s four corners to see all the designers had to offer. But there is no rest for the wicked, and the schedule was only just ramping up to Monday, the busiest day of them all. Here’s what is coming:Photo

Models walking the runway at the Roksanda spring 2015 show. CreditStuart C. Wilson/Getty Images• There were plenty of designers in attendance at the Downing Street curtain raiser to fashion week on Thursday night, but only one appeared to have dressed half of the movers and shakers in the room: Roksanda Ilincic. The Serbian-born, London-based designer had both Natalie Massenet and Samantha Cameron wearing her creations, not to mention two women wearing the same black and yellow shift evening dresses. Her latest show — no doubt packed with plenty of her usual signature color-blocked, sculptural designs (Michelle Obama and Melania Trump are also fans) — kicks off the day.Photo

Looks from Huishan Zhang’s spring 2016 collection. CreditFirstview• Front-row whispers of the name Huishan Zhang have been reaching fever pitch in anticipation of his first stand-alone catwalk show this afternoon. Mr. Zhang, born in Qingdao, China and based in London, gained experience in Dior’s haute couture atelier before introducing his namesake label in 2011 and having his London Fashion Week debut in September 2012. Since then, his collections have been sold at Browns, Moda Operandi and Bergdorf Goodman; he also was among those said to have been considered to replace Alber Elbaz at Lanvin earlier this year. Mr. Zhang has said his major influence is his Chinese heritage, particularly aspects of his native country’s craftsmanship and design, and he wants to build its next big luxury lifestyle brand. Watch this space.Photo

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A model at the Christopher Kane 2016 spring collection show. CreditJustin Tallis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images• Christopher Kane, the Scottish-born leading light of the London fashion scene, rocketed to sartorial stardom in 2006 with a debut collection of bandage dresses after graduating from Central Saint Martins. It’s hard to believe it has been a whole decade since he was tipped as the one-to-watch, and all eyes will be on his spring 2017 collection being showcased at the Tate Britain gallery this afternoon. With Mr. Kane’s ceaseless determination to be different, the anniversary show is likely to be predictably unpredictable.Photo

The Burberry spring 2016 collection. CreditTom Jamieson for The New York Times• There is no doubt about it, 2016 has been a big year for Burberry. The creative director, Christopher Bailey, stepped down as chief executive, for one thing, and in February the brand announced that it would hold its first see-now/buy-now show during fashion week. For anyone who wants a preview of the collection, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando” (certainly an on-trend gender-bending reference) and being showcased in a new venue and in a new evening time slot, The Times will be backstage and streaming the action on Facebook Live from 6:45 p.m. U.T.C. onward.• Think after a 14-hour day you are too weary to party?

Then think again. Marc Jacobs, Mert Alas, Katie Grand and Poppy Delevingne will be hosts tonight at the bash of the season, celebrating the latest issue of LOVE magazine, that collector favorite. The location will be Loulou’s, London’s stuffiest but most exclusive nightclub, and the theme is Berlin 1989. So whack on those shoulder pads and brush up on those Duran Duran tracks; with rumors that a graffitied Berlin Wall will be built down the middle of the dance floor, this is not a night to be missed (if you can get your hands on an invitation, that is).

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