Pyer Moss: The Jesse Jackson of Fashion
Fashion week has been in high gear since the Feb. 11th and New York City is the most stylish place to be! There are so many shows still happening all over the city this week. I've been trying my best to keep up with them online and social media, but the one I was most looking forward to was the Autumn Winter 2016 collection from by Kerby Jean-Raymond's styled by the great Erykah Badu.
The collection included so many comfy silhouettes and the brands core aesthetic of luxury sport clothing. The main direction of this seasons collection was to shine a light on a dark subject mental illness and depression. Some of the pieces featured Baltimore artist Maurice Scarlett's pieces entitled "Double Bind". The graphics were a collab between Raymomd and Scarlette giving a visual to the angle of depression which was a seamless fit for the collection, amazing job Maurice!
The color palette included black, white, hues of brown and pops of mustard yellow. My personal favorites were the floor length teddy bear coat, striped navy and mustard slacks and oddly the oversized turtle necks. It was such a refreshing silhouette for the traditional turtle neck.
One of the most interesting aspects to this collection is the styling from the great Erykah Badu. Jean Raymond reached out to her when he began creating his line and since then, he and Erykah have been in style sync. Erykah brought in her personal collection of accessories and outwear (seven trunks to be exact) and styled each model specially. She was very adamant in expressing that she was a contributor and the collection was soley Raymonds vision. She was just there to bring it to life. Badu mentioned that her part in the show was very organic. The perspective of style that Raymond was coming from was very transparent for Badu so it wasn't much of a "job" to style. Erykah and Jean never actually met about the styling of the show till the day of and if you ask me the design and styling married easily. That's magic.
Jean Raymond is known for having a voice on social topics especially pertaining to the equality and brutality of African Americans in the US today. Last season he focused on the Black Lives Matter movement which caused a stir and even a few pull outs from European retailers. However, this season he expressed the issue of depression and mental illness. In today's society suffering from depression can sometimes be shunned or even ignored. Personally, I have gone through depression and constantly shaming myself, telling myself to toughen up, and to not be emotional. From there is when most start to self medicate with drugs, alcohol or harming themselves which is conveyed by Scarlett in his illustrations. One look of the show even included a model carrying a sign saying "my demons won today". We all have those days and we're all fighting some type of demon. Raymond's overall message was it's OK to be depressed. It's going to happen. Stop acting like you have it all together. With it being expressed over chic clothing and genderless silhouettes I would say this is my favorite show of fashion week. Each season Raymond stays true to his Luxury Sport aesthetic and spotlights of important social issues that get over looked in the fashion industry. There are so many voices for issues like these in other forms of art but Pyer Moss is a standout for the fashion community. As a stylist, appreciator of all things fashion and black woman I thank you Jean Raymond for being a uplifting voice.
Check out more info and pics from this collection HERE!