Pyer Moss' NYFW Show Made A Powerful Statement On Race In America, Featured Diverse Black Models
Pyer Moss does it again, folks.
Kerby Jean-Raymond, the founder and head designer of Pyer Moss, helped to deliver a memorable event during his New York Fashion Week show on Saturday night.
Raymond, who has frequently pushed the button to have fashion serve as a way to make a statement about socio-political and racial issues in America, featured a line-up on incredible black talent and unforgettable looks from his latest collection.
This year, Raymond looked at today's political and cultural landscape under Trump, and delivered a presentation titled "American Also" that underscored the humanity and existence of black Americans.
“We as African American men don’t necessarily feel American,” Kerby recently told High Snobiety. “We’re born in this country, but we don’t feel like we belong here. There’s so much divisiveness in today’s political climate that it feels like we’re getting pushed out.”
To Raymond, fashion is more than pretty clothes and the Pyer Moss presentations help to force people to reexamine how black lives are treated in America.
The brand's latest collection debuted on Saturday night and was also live-streamed on its website as social media users everywhere praised Pyer Moss for its work:
This evening, models at @PyerMoss’ February 2018 show at #NYFW stepped onto the runway in sports uniform inspired classic athletic gear. pic.twitter.com/yJEjVLGmSe— NYFW (@nyfw) February 11, 2018
Less than two years ago, Yves and I were living on friend's couches in order to stay in NYC to pursue our dreams after losing our home, living off of cheesy puffs and Mucho Mango Arizonas with a budget of $4 a day. Today, he walked for Pyer Moss at NYFW. My heart is so full. pic.twitter.com/zjd3frYaap— Sarah McGonagall (@sarahmcgbeauty) February 11, 2018
More Reebok by Pyer Moss #NYFW pic.twitter.com/Hqh032kSu2— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) February 11, 2018
Now Reebok has a fashion collab just like adidas and Puma: Pyer Moss #NYFW pic.twitter.com/87ieJCgpUf— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) February 11, 2018
Pyer Moss x Cross Colours pic.twitter.com/TgYNng7ryk— Shelton Boyd (@flyrebel) February 11, 2018
AHHH!! i just walked in my first fashion show! thank you to the entire @pyermoss family! 🌟 pic.twitter.com/5B4w7STm6p— The Vibe Formerly Known As (@KARIFAUX) February 11, 2018
Shout out to @pyermoss for the representation. The choir at the show was amazing too. https://t.co/09N7D25gzx— Backstage Boss™ 🇵🇦 (@StyledBySaint) February 11, 2018
@pyermoss THANK YOU 🌹 pic.twitter.com/ddq5Ogzv6Q— coco (@coacahontas) February 11, 2018