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Leather Harness by Zana Bayne, fishnet dress by Tripp NYC, Fleece top and bottom by Moonchild Cultwear.

Blue Velvet: Moonchild Takes New York City

Photographer Andrew Boyle follows South African creative Moonchild as she roams around New York City in a fashion editorial.


"yo!!!! I'm here America heeheehee! Scope the Moon" — Moonchild

South African experimental electro-pop artist Moonchild recently made her first trip from her home of Johannesburg to New York City. The singer & fashion designer—who made her mark with the striking visuals for “Rabubi" & “Go Starring" and her collaboration with Fantasma—came to town for her American live debut at the CMJ Music Marathon.

We asked photographer Andrew Boyle to document the blue-haired creative's stints across Williamsburg, Times Square, and the MTA subway in the following fashion editorial photo shoot. See the full gallery and a behind-the-scenes video, which features Moonchild wearing some of her own designs as well as clothes styled by Karina Sharif and Honey Makwakwa, below.

Moonchild x NYC video by Andrew Boyle.

Velvet jumpsuit by Moonchild Sanely, socks by Uniqlo, Shoes by Forever 21, Pink eyelash glasses by Party City, sparkle tulle top created by stylists,Moonchild wears her own poodle necklace and black and gold bracelets.

"I WAS HERE in Brooklyn—with a mark that stamps it i.e. graffiti."

Velvet jumpsuit by Moonchild Sanely, socks by Uniqlo, Shoes by Forever 21, Pink eyelash glasses by Party City, sparkle tulle top created by stylists,Moonchild wears her own poodle necklace and black and gold bracelets.

"I felt playful because it was so comfortable and I was in my comfort zone #skateboard"

Leather Harness by Zana Bayne, fishnet dress by Tripp NYC, Fleece top and bottom by Moonchild Cultwear.

"The train just felt liberating, people doing their own thing on a moving wagon."

Coat by H&M, black and silver wings by Party City

"My wings made me feel invincible yet subtle"

Coat by H&M, Moonchild wears her own poodle necklace

"Oh, I hope my boobs are sitting right lol"

Coat and shoes by H&M, black and silver wings by Party City

"When I crossed the street running, more like searching, where I could skate again a Sex and the City-on-steroids shot was captured"

Quilted drape coat by stylists, shoes by Forever 21, blue fishnet gloves by Party City, Moonchild wears her own black bracelets and leotard.

"Running in Times Square in a leotard not giving a rats ass was also a dope high. No one was offended at any point."

Photography: Andrew Boyle

Lead Stylist: Karina Sharif

Assisting Stylist: Honey Makwakwa

Makeup: Honey Makwakwa

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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