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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a Celebration of Afrofuturism, Life and Love

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If you know me, then you know it’s rare for me to say that a movie was perfect ten out of ten. My friends, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a perfect film worth every single penny spent at the theater. It is a must see right now. Not two weeks from now, not a month from now, and certainly not when it’s on streaming. Right. Now. If you’ve been following our style series, then you already know that there are no spoilers because we only talk about the style and costumes behind movies and television.

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Our review of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is no different. This film was one of many different stories, and the costumes played a part in telling each individual component of the movie. While we won’t say too much, we will say that this sequel was international, going from Wakanda all the way to Switzerland, Haiti, the Atlantic Ocean, and plenty more in between. Here’s our style review.

The Color White

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Obviously this film beautifully acknowledges the life and legacy of the late great Chadwick Boseman. While here in the U.S. we tend to wear the color black for funerals, in Africa, red and white are the common colors for memorial services. White was the designated color choice for Wakanda Forever, and the costumes were simply elegant. It was only right that everyone look regal for this memorial because Chadwick was a regal Black Panther.

Wakandan Fashion

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Once again, the amazing costumes in this film were created by the wonderful Ruth Carter. The themes of Wakandan Fashion are an expansion of what was previously created in the first film. In a 2018 interview with Tanisha C. Ford of The Atlantic, Carter stated that her vision for Wakandan style drew from contemporary and traditional African fashion, creating the costumes with rich color palettes along with hand-dyeing and beading techniques to reflect tribal fashion.

The same is true for Wakanda Forever, with Carter emphasizing the high tech afrofuturistic element even more, complete with state of the art fabrics, jewelry, crowns, and body art. There were even a couple of sheath dresses in the mix.

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Namor’s People

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You’ll find out exactly who Namor and his people are when you watch the movie, but despite being the antagonists, they are beautiful. Namor’s people are blue-skinned Talokans who wear traditional Mesoamerican garments, some of which are also made specifically for the water because they are water-breathing people. There are a few elements of Aztec fashion that are similar to African style such as the bodypaint, jewelry, and cloaks for example. 

Campus Fashion

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This time around there was a brief stop on the campus of MIT where a student scientist by the name of Riri Williams was introduced, and the fashion here was similar to just about any college campus. Hoodies, joggers, jeans, minidresses, and plenty of other casual/athletic clothing worn amongst university students.

The Scenery

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The scenery is among some of the most beautiful we’ve seen yet. We already know Wakanda is beautiful from the first film, but the underwater living places of the Talokans are just simply stunning with caves, glowworms, and more. And let’s not even get into the snowy mountainous regions depicted as well.

We’re already starting to give too much away, so make sure you get your butts in the theater this weekend and check out Wakanda Forever. In the meantime if you are looking for some Black Panther merchandise to cop, we have a couple of suggestions.

First off, FUBU and Marvel are coming together for a merch capsule collection inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther.

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This collection features a gender neutral range of 11 unique pieces, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants, priced between $30 and $60 (USD), which will be available at fubu.com beginning October 28, 2022 through November 20, 2022. 

Also, adidas and Marvel have some cool stuff going on as well including a collection, and a re-launch of adidas Community as a platform aimed at empowering and elevating Black and Latinx communities through access and opportunity in sport, creativity, purpose, and business. 

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Here's an update for you guys! As you all know, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has had a massive box office showing so far, and the collaborations are continuing to roll out.

Lids just announced a new partnership with Marvel, that will include a product collection featuring characters from beloved Marvel franchises, including: The Avengers, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and X-Men. 

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The Lids x Marvel collection will also feature products showcasing characters from the upcoming Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever film along with additional Marvel characters like Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Deadpool, Groot, and many more. Marvel characters and motifs will be emblazoned on snapback hats, with additional headwear and apparel scheduled to roll out through the remainder of the year.

The complete assortment will be available in both adult and youth sizing, and will be available soon on Lids.com, LidsHatDrop.com, and Amazon.com.

Foot Locker is also debuting a limited-edition Marvel Black Panther Pack created by Dali Gaga, visual engineer from Johannesburg and Abrima Erwiah, co-founder and president of Studio One Eighty Nine.

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This collection features motifs of the iconic Black Panther Super Hero which first debuted in 1966. Studio One Eighty Nine is a fashion and lifestyle brand co-founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. The garments were created using traditional craftsmanship techniques including adinkra symbolism and with impact in mind.

The collection also features hoodies and tees that fans won’t want to miss. Inspired by the rich cultural history of Africa, this Foot Locker LCKR collection is truly a statement piece. Show off your Wakanda spirit and experience the Marvel Black Panther Collection! 

Be sure to check out the movie and these awesome drops if you haven't already!

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