Eye Candy Doesn’t Quite Cover It.

Headed by fashion director Maida Ghide, The Halo Cult is Paris-based media and design team whose latest editorial, titled “Coup D’Etat”, gives a new spin on Black elegance to “capture the essence of true royalty.” Shot by photographer Ishmil Waterman “Coup D’Etat” features the collections of Theodora Bak and Angostura adorned by two emerging creatives who rock the flowy black looks in front of the Chateau du Versailles.

“In a time where inequality is prevalent in all aspects of society, (we are) speaking out for black art, design and literature,” explains Ghide. “Despite millennia of development and influence, African achievement has been widely understated in a world that wishes to abuse and undermine the marginalized voice . (we aim) to bring power to that voice in a creative overthrow of a supremacist establishment.”

rq emailed me about this, and this was my reply:

I. Want. It. All.

See, now if men went walkin’ around looking like that, they’d understand how women feel a whole lot better. I’d be whistling.

Click on over to see all the magnificence.


  1. stellatree says

    The clothes are beautiful. Both luxurious and austere, almost monastic to my eye. And proof that clothing can be elegant and comfortable! Afropunk looks like an amazing blog, thanks for sharing this.

  2. rq says

    I keep coming back to look. :D I love the man’s belt, and funny, it only goes with robes or tunics or things that aren’t pants and suits! ;)

  3. says

    It has this wonderful flair of Florence -- like some kind of stylin’ Machiavelli. Versailles is lovely, but they should have been in the Piazza Del Duomo.

    OK, I just had a brain-fart. Someone needs to do a “Hamilton”-style rap/opera about Machiavelli. And here are the costumes! C’mon, world: get busy!

  4. says

    @5 Marcus

    Working on some musicals right now, in fact. You have my attention.

    Lean on the more self-fanciful version, you could almost sell it as a real-life Game of Thrones.

  5. rq says


    If he ever got one, you wouldn’t let him take it off. Well, I mean… I mean, you know what I mean. ;)

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