Since establishing himself as a notable emerging presence in the fashion industry, Kerby Jean-Raymond finds an outlet for advancing socially-engaged streetwear in label Pyer Moss. The New York-based imprint is steeped in references to Jean-Raymond’s Haitian-American diasporic identity, weaving incisive social commentary into the tailored precision of streamlined menswear. Retooled hip-hop and streetwear-referencing silhouettes conjure nostalgic imagery while the bold social commentary threaded throughout the collection is fleshed out on graphic-emblazoned t-shirts. Reimagined sportswear uniform tropes are given a luxe fabric upgrade, similar to the way in which robust constructions bring unexpected outerwear silhouettes to completion. Artful colorblocking and panelling instills a stylistic craft that assists label’s larger social aims, while graphic geometry weaves an architectural sensibility modernly-tailored menswear silhouettes. Pyer Moss crafts thought-provoking collections without compromising streetwear-inflected wearability, showcasing the clever means through which boundary-pushing design and biting social commentary can coexist.
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