The 'BlacKkKlansman' Los Angeles Premiere Was a Powerful Display of Capital-F Fashion


Complete with hair looks that celebrated Black culture.

On Friday, Spike Lee's hugely-anticipated "BlacKkKlansman," which tells the true story of an African-American detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1970s, hits theaters nationwide. Since the film's trailer was first released in May, it's received no shortage of buzz and with it, dazzling reviews - at press time, its Rotten Tomatoes score rang in at a near-perfect 97 percent - as well as critical fashion acclaim. The picture's costumes are, of course, significant, most notably those that were crafted for Laura Harrier's character, Colorado State Black Student Union leader Patrice Dumas. (You can read more about them, as well as costume designer Marci Rodgers's process, here.)

Ahead of "BlacKkKlansman"'s release, the cast met up in Los Angeles on Thursday to premiere the film for the West Coast. And while the red carpet was a mighty display of capital-F fashion in its own right, it was made all the more powerful thanks to the beauty looks that accompanied moviegoers's couture.

Both Harrier and Harvard University-bound actress-slash-activist Yara Shahidi wore hairstyles that were an intentional nod to celebrating Black culture: Harrier, above, in tumbling, mid-back-length box braids by hairstylist Lacy Redway and Shahidi, below, in Bantu knots by Nai'vasha Johnson.

In an Instagram caption, Redway provided historical context and inspiration behind Harrier's braids, writing:

Harrier paired her box braids with a patchwork Loewe (not Louis Vuitton, surprisingly) dress from the Spanish label's Fall 2018 collection, courtesy of stylist Danielle Nachmani. Elsewhere, Shahidi wore Prada, actress Damaris Lewis (who plays Odetta in the film) wore Moschino and Lee wore a T-shirt celebrating his late, great friend Prince.

See more looks from "BlacKkKlansman"'s Los Angeles premiere in the gallery below.

View the 6 images of this gallery on the original article

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