The historic Pyer Moss haute couture show has finally taken place


There is no shortage of miracles to make the Pyer Moss Haute Couture 1 fashion show a reality. Notably, after Storm Elsa pushed the event back 48 hours and demanded that all production, logistics and everything in between be dismantled and revamped. But, after all, Couture is truly a near-miraculous and unfathomable fad. And for those members of the public who gained access to the historical show at Villa Lewaro in Irvington, New York on Saturday, it was as close to witnessing the magic as mere mortals can ask for.

The magician behind the curtain that day was Kerby Jean-Raymond, who established himself as one of the most important American designers of his time. Beyond his influential approach to creating the clothes that customers demand, he has been acclaimed by industry and culture for the level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail that permeates everything he does; it all brings the elements of the Black experience to the fore.

Jean-Raymond is the first black American designer to be officially invited to show Haute Couture by the Parisian organization, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. (In another miraculous move, the organization officially extended the schedule so that the Pyer Moss show could close the fall-winter season, after Thursday’s rain forced events to be postponed.)

The designer took this first opportunity to create a fantastical and theatrical narrative, reimagining objects and inventions created by black individuals and taking them out for a high fashion (and rather camp-like) twist. While the designs were unforgettable in themselves, it was the setting and the production that made this moment a moment to remember in fashion history. The royal mansion as a backdrop was the former home of Madame CJ Walker, a black female entrepreneur who became America’s first self-made female millionaire. Indeed, buses carrying guests to the suburban greenery picked them up from prominent black women-owned businesses in New York and Brooklyn as well. The show was indeed kicked off with a rousing speech from Elaine Brown, the only female leader of the Black Panthers, who asked, “Where do we go from here?” As if the jubilant crowds weren’t already moving eagerly in their seats for what was to come, a choreographed performance accompanied by an orchestra conducted by 22Gz, another Jean-Raymond resident at East Flatbush, reported that “The King from New York ”was coming.

Pyer Moss Haute Couture 1 (David Gannon)

Pyer Moss Haute Couture 1 (David Gannon)

Couture is particularly aimed at the real monarchy or those who have bank accounts large enough to guarantee them to live like kings. Couture also tends to put whimsy on a pedestal, with a fashion that befits another area. But it was a whole different approach. Rooted in reality and literal references, it projects the everyday and the mundane through another lens, transforming the mundane into the most beautiful (the sparkling pale pink shade seemed to please the crowd.) Inspired by a list. of inventions Jean-Raymond had seen in the Library of Congress, the starting points were clear to see – from a game of chess to a cape of velcro rollers wrapped in hair – but the final outfit, a hold on the refrigerator, asked categorically: “But who invented the dark trauma?” Speaking to his post-show Instagram Stories, celebrity stylist Law Roach said it was an offer proudly dedicated to the black community, saying if you didn’t get it, it wasn’t not the case. for you.

After each Haute Couture week, there is a debate about its true purpose. One of these schools of thought is that it serves as an overall marketing and advertising plan, allowing a designer to create a holistic view of what their brand means, from the entry purchase to the highest bid. . After the designer took to the runway with his entire backstage team for an emotional and triumphant post-show bow, the crowd enthusiastically gathered at the back of the villa for a barbecue and cocktails. But several steadfast fans lingered behind, to sit in the front row and have their photos taken in their new Pyer Moss sneakers while holding Pyer Moss-branded water bottles. Want to enjoy the magic for a few more minutes. And that’s exactly who this million dollar production and awesome offer was aimed at.

See the collection below:

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