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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

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

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