New York Fashion week kicked off last Thursday and I did my best to try and keep ‘somewhat-up-to-date’ with what was going on across the pond. There’s so many shows everyday which makes it’s impossible to see everything – but something did catch my eye.
Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond used his runway show to showcase more than just amazing clothes. He brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the attention of front row fashion attendees starting his show off with clips of police brutality including the upsetting clip of Eric Garner.
Upset and frustrated by the lack of action by powerful influencers – Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna to name but a few – Jean-Raymond took it into his own hands to bring these important matters to fashion week.
The short film ended with a message appearing on the screen ‘for more information and insight, open your eyes’ and was then followed by marching models, Gregory Siff spray-painting models clothing as they went past and screams of ‘Go!’.
It makes me unbelievably happy to see shows like this at fashion week. As an aspiring designer I sometimes find the main designers at fashion week disheartening, amazing garments, but not really ‘me’. So many people I’ve spoken to think fashion is an ‘artsy’ industry which does little to benefit the world…I think this proves otherwise.
As a lover of history and an opinionated person in general I want to comment on these things. I can’t even describe how much I love what Kerby Jean-Raymond did, we need more people using their own stages to put out these important messages. We need to make sure they don’t go away until they’re solved.
To find out more information about the show and Kerby Jean-Raymond, I’ll leave some links of articles which I’ve read below.