New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is amongst us once again! Many celebrities and fashion icons are attending the shows to see the upcoming spring and summer 2016 top fashions. One New York designer is using this platform to bring awareness to the police brutality that has been occurring across our nation.
Kerby Jean-Raymond, the 28-year-old founder of the label Pyer Moss (pronounced Pierre Moss), put on an eye opening unique show..
With Pyer Moss being originally just creations of menswear apparel, this NYFW he was to debut his womenswear.
Unlike most designers, Jean-Raymond is using fashion to ultimately wake up the world to the terrible things that has happened at the hands of police officers on people of color.
The Huffington Post states, he began the show this past Thursday with a 10-15min film showing 16 cases of police brutality, including Eric Garner’s fatal chokehold and Marlan Brown being run over by a police car, resulting in his death.
He actually originally didn’t even want to debut his spring collection and was planning to just show the video he created. But he did end up showing his designs and made a statement with that as well.
The models took the runways with his items of clothing including anything from sportswear to white worker boots with the names of black women that were killed by police with a splash of red paint depicting as blood spatter.
He also hired contemporary artist Gregory Siff to “tag” the items of clothing with spray paint. His added touches read words such as “Breath Breath Breath” and love spelled backwards.
“For as long as I have this platform and for as long as people are going to listen to me — I’m going to take a stand on something and this is something that is important to me,” Jean-Raymond told The Huffington Post.
His intention for the show was not to focus on diversity in the fashion industry but to get people talking about race on a much broader level.
Check out a snippet of his presentation: