Hip Hopscotch

Introduction by Mary Hanley Coleman     Photographs by Baxter Miller


The beer is cold, City Plaza is crowded, the lineup is diverse, and the turnout is impressive. Music spills into the streets as debates about which band to see next fill sidewalks, alleys and corners. It's September in Raleigh which means it's time for Hopscotch.

For its sixth year, the festival has drawn music lovers from near and far into Raleigh's thriving music scene. This year Hopscotch brought over 100 local, national, and international bands to the City of Oaks. It's success has put the city firmly on the map as a go-to music destination. 

And of course, with the festival comes fashion. 

Because fall is in the air, people have artfully mixed autumn layers with the lightweight fabrics of summer. Patterned tights stretch across the thighs of women wearing slip dresses and chunky boots. Rolled up beanies are worn with tank tops and jeans. Feathered headdresses, face paint and flower crowns are few and far between, but neon, glitter and lace aren't hard to find. Neither are cowboy boots, suede wedges, hi-top Vans and metallic brogues.

Under cotton candy skies, silver sequins catch the lights from stages. An old necktie is woven into a messy brunette braid, clashing perfectly with the romper below. Hanging from shoulders, flannel shirts drape over faded, ripped jeans while crop tops and thinly-worn t-shirts abound.

At Hopscotch, fashion choices are intentional. Raleigh keeps it cool. The festival has an aesthetic of its own; one that reflects the diversity of its lineup. At Hopscotch, looks mirror punk, metal, hip-hop, folk and blues genres and subcultures that pepper stages across the city. And for that weekend in September, we get a taste for fashion, Hopscotch style.

 Joshua Mae (Say Brother) of Columbia, SC

Joshua Mae (Say Brother) of Columbia, SC

 KAYLA ALLEN AND ELTON MASSENBURG OF RALEIGH

KAYLA ALLEN AND ELTON MASSENBURG OF RALEIGH

  JOE WESTERLUND ( GRANDMA SPARROW / MEGAFAUN ) OF DURHAM AND AMELIA MEATH ( SYLVAN ESSO ) FROM CARRBORO

JOE WESTERLUND (GRANDMA SPARROW/MEGAFAUN) OF DURHAM AND AMELIA MEATH (SYLVAN ESSO) FROM CARRBORO

  JILLIAN AND CARLY WISSE OF RALEIGH

JILLIAN AND CARLY WISSE OF RALEIGH

  RACHEL AND FAITH ANDREWS OF RALEIGH

RACHEL AND FAITH ANDREWS OF RALEIGH

  VICTOR LYTVINENKO ( RALEIGH DENIM WORKSHOP ) OF RALEIGH

VICTOR LYTVINENKO (RALEIGH DENIM WORKSHOP) OF RALEIGH

  ROMME GRAHAM OF RALEIGH

ROMME GRAHAM OF RALEIGH

  TIFFANY HUFF AND KLAY MISENHEINER ( PIE FACE GIRLS ) OF RALEIGH

TIFFANY HUFF AND KLAY MISENHEINER (PIE FACE GIRLS) OF RALEIGH

  EMILY BARTLEY OF RALEIGH

EMILY BARTLEY OF RALEIGH

  HUNTER PARK ( SHE RETURNS FROM WAR ) OF CHARLESTON, SC; MICHELLE COCHRANE OF RALEIGH; MAKENZIE LANG ( RUBY DELUXE ) OF RALEIGH

HUNTER PARK (SHE RETURNS FROM WAR) OF CHARLESTON, SC; MICHELLE COCHRANE OF RALEIGH; MAKENZIE LANG (RUBY DELUXE) OF RALEIGH

  COREY REID AND KATHERINE HOKE OF RALEIGH

COREY REID AND KATHERINE HOKE OF RALEIGH

  MICHAEL AND LINDSAY STORK OF FT. WORTH, TX

MICHAEL AND LINDSAY STORK OF FT. WORTH, TX

  GABE ANDERSON ( TOW3RS ) OF CARRBORO

GABE ANDERSON (TOW3RS) OF CARRBORO

  BIRDIE OF RALEIGH

BIRDIE OF RALEIGH

  AMBER BANG AND BEN ARICHTER OF DURHAM

AMBER BANG AND BEN ARICHTER OF DURHAM

  ALYSSA CHERRY ( FILLAREE ) OF DURHAM

ALYSSA CHERRY (FILLAREE) OF DURHAM

  ERIN SMITH

ERIN SMITH

  MICHAEL NETTLES OF RALEIGH

MICHAEL NETTLES OF RALEIGH

  ADRIANA PARDO AND JEFF DEBONZO ( DEBONZO BROTHERS ) OF RALEIGH

ADRIANA PARDO AND JEFF DEBONZO (DEBONZO BROTHERS) OF RALEIGH

  VIRGO OF MIAMI, FL

VIRGO OF MIAMI, FL

  ANA ROSS OF MONTREAL

ANA ROSS OF MONTREAL

  CHRISTI MILLER OF CARRBORO

CHRISTI MILLER OF CARRBORO

  JOHN HUBBARD OF RALEIGH

JOHN HUBBARD OF RALEIGH