Forget Alexander Wang and Dior—the real can’t-miss Brooklyn fashion event is the nine-year-old Afropunk Festival each August in Commodore Barry Park. The two-day event run by Mr. Morgan and Ms. Cooper grew out of the grassroots movement of young black people participating in the predominantly white punk and alternative music scenes. The music is a highly mutated mash-up of hip-hop, metal, hardcore and more, but sometimes it feels like a sideshow to the crowd’s unfailingly correct fashion and hair game. Brooklyn style may be a phrase overused to the point of meaninglessness, but the Afropunk Festival nails it every time.
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