Haitian American designer Kerby Jean-Raymond is serving up activism yet again at NYFW. With his father at the forefront of his style inspiration, Jean-Raymond’s Pyer Moss x Reebok collection merges creativity and politics. The first segment features a modern cowboy theme. Jean-Raymond speaks about why he chose to tell the story of the cowboy at his show in a Vogue interview “ The collection is the beginning of our journey in telling the story of underrepresented groups of Americans”. His ultimate goal is to be able to reshape the stories of minority groups in America by using the cowboy. Jean-Raymond discusses the origin of the cowboy as once a derogatory name and later respectable.
This dichotomy of unacceptable & respectable is manifested throughout the entire show. Instead of traditional, instrumental , or ambient music, there was a hip-hop singing choir — featuring songs from artists like Kendrick Lamar. In addition, Rapper Vic Mensa opened the second segment, wearing a fur jacket with the Reebok logo on the back. There was an all-black model cast and many of the models were seen wearing natural hair on the catwalk. From the use of hip-hop and natural hair, to wide brim hats and joggers, the Pyer Moss x Reebok collection successfully told his story while keeping it “ready-to-wear” friendly. It incorporated neutral colors with some of our favorite leisure styles. This collection will keep you warm and comfortable; it also consists of bomber jackets, oversized sweaters, trench coats and corduroy. Moreover, this Pyer Moss & Reebok collection makes a statement while keeping us on trend.