Photographed by Daria Kobayashi Ritch
The Afropunk music and arts festival holds a special place in the hearts of the sartorially daring. Summer after summer, the Brooklyn-based event brings out a crowd of eclectic dressers who push the limits of what festival style can be. Afropunk exported some of that New York City swagger to the West Coast this past weekend for its first annual Fancy Dress Ball in Los Angeles. Hosted by Red Bull Sound Select as part of the 30 Days in L.A. roster, the ball featured performances by New Orleans Bounce legend Big Freedia, New York rapper Cakes Da Killa, ballroom DJ MikeQ, and Jersey Club artist Uniiqu3.
Though the city is famous for its laid-back T-shirt-and-jeans style, L.A. locals who came out for the event on Sunday night were dressed to the nines. Attendees streamed into the vaulted lobby of the MacArthur with tribal face paint, intricately beaded body chains, and billowing Kente-printed dresses. Here, California’s finest street style stars prove that they can give Brooklyn Afropunk OGs a run for their money.