Pyer Moss Haute Couture is helmed by Raymond. Raymond is the first Black American designer invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture to be a guest designer during their haute couture week. Gratuitous in wit and venus, the brand’s inaugural couture effort was laden with symbolism, history, and design prowess alongside sui generis!
Jean’s acumen awarded him the most covetable positions, naming him Reebok’s global creative director and winning the CFDA award. As proffered by sheer skill behind each lofty look, Pyer Moss couture was somewhat overwhelmed with emotions, following the unexpected torrential downpour leading to the cancellation of his event. The desire was to create a couture line after an Ayahuasca ceremony.
The Pyer Moss Haute Couture event hosted capricious, evocative, and potential looks displaying every brand’s thoughts to embrace their collections with. Wedged surrealist fantasy, partial political statement, and part example of extreme design dexterity, the ensembles were inspired by 25 achievements — overlooked — of Black inventors.
The extravagant Pyer Moss Haute Couture collections included inventions of Black Inventors, such as:
And of course,
To mention a few which paid homage to the history and created a fusion of art and creation were:
This dress was fastened with a belt containing typewriter keys with paperwork at the waist beside a lilac dress mounted with a towering lampshade-inspired hat.
Another model descended the runway in a brown check chess suit. A ‘Peanut Butter Jar’ outfit leaving jaws dropped.
The third was a noteworthy outfit deluded with an elaborate lavender headpiece designed to look like a chandelier, credits to Black creator Lewis Latimer, while a ‘bottle cap’ inspired the dress.
Some of the larger-than-life outfits gave out an aesthetic show up juxtaposing with clothing and an amalgamation of fashion, art, culture, and history in a way unexplored! There was a ‘Chessboard-Checkered Suit’ (with 3D segments which would hopefully make it into production).
This is a mini-dress featuring swirling bustier and hip wader-like pants in the shape of ice cream cones. This personified that the most irreverent and ingenious labels in the fashion world collaborated to create a blend of critique, artistry, and emblematic vogues.
Another look presented a silhouetted nod to the ‘fire extinguisher’— patented Thomas Martin — a red and black asymmetrically constructed look vaping coming season’s hottest trends, ‘exaggerated sleeves.’
The next look is a special one, produced from hundreds of taut hair rollers, the look was a tribute to the original lady of the Manor, CJ Walker (America’s first female self-made millionaire). A satin rusted tuxedo and floor-length hooded cape carved from thousands of not paillettes, not crystals, not caviar beads (but hair rollers) wounded with strands of thick hair.
Raymond resorted to celebrating his experiences: a fire escape, the outdoor space he discovered growing up in Brooklyn, and the cellphone his father carried in the 1990s.
To lay eyes on just his couture ensemble inspiring collections, we add to the list a green outfit featuring a perspective curtain rod draped in with tassels, a sandal-inspired look flavoring the runway.
Exalted from true haute couture, Kerby made Sesame street and Pixar collections with the help of Hollywood fabricators and dismissed the ‘regular warranted look’.
The show-stopping piece of this collection was a fridge ensemble. The bold and heavy style was presented with the magnets spelling out ‘Who invented black trauma’ that stunned the reviewers and audience alike.
What ignited this unusual, offbeat gamut was the brand's enduring commitment to ‘storytelling.’ Refining his label as an art project that functions in the fashion space, the Haitian-American designer in 2019 stated that the couture has to represent ‘him’. It needs to be a representation of the ‘people’ who crafted it because who needs clothes at this point?
As per him, you can get them from anywhere!
Well, this isn’t the first spectacle of Pyer Moss Haute Couture’s conspicuous and daunting collection, tinkering everyone’s brain cells to harp what was inflicted - such as earlier workspace collaboration with visual artist Derrick Adams to create powerful imagery of Black life, depicted by a glittering crystal-embellished gown deciphering a father holding his neonate!
What we have reciprocated so far, is that Pyer Moss worked with an ideology, fueled by an ideology and committed to an ideology, which is why what was staged blew all facades and gave what had been concealed! Fabric is no longer woven yarns; they hold a narrative. The Pyer Moss Haute Couture enshrined a new era of couture, one with a different promise of what is