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Published:Thursday | July 15, 2021 | 5:54 AM
A model wears an ice cream cone with chaps for the cone in the Pyer Moss fashion show, staged at the Villa Lewaro mansion, the home built by African American entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker in 1917.
A model wears an ice cream cone with chaps for the cone in the Pyer Moss fashion show, staged at the Villa Lewaro mansion, the home built by African American entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker in 1917.
Tami Williams thanked ‘the very first black American designer to show at Paris Couture week’ in a post on Instagram. ‘A big thank you and congratulations to you, Kerby [Jean-Raymond], and your entire team. The results speak for itself. The hard work
Tami Williams thanked ‘the very first black American designer to show at Paris Couture week’ in a post on Instagram. ‘A big thank you and congratulations to you, Kerby [Jean-Raymond], and your entire team. The results speak for itself. The hard work and dedication from every last detail on each piece. Now that’s ‘Avant Garde’ for you, ladies and gentlemen,’ she wrote.
The hair curler outfit alone, Kerby Jean-Raymond said, took months because ‘it was just people sitting there and curling real weaves on to hair rollers’.
The hair curler outfit alone, Kerby Jean-Raymond said, took months because ‘it was just people sitting there and curling real weaves on to hair rollers’.
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This time, the weather gods were smiling on Kerby Jean-Raymond and his label, Pyer Moss. So, too, were the fashion gods. Two days after torrential rains and lightning sent guests fleeing for cover and forced Jean-Raymond to postpone unveiling his hotly awaited first couture collection, the sun came out on Saturday and the crowds came back. They were rewarded with a hugely imaginative, visually audacious show that blurred the lines between fashion and art as it paid tribute to the ingenuity of black inventors often overlooked by history. SAINT International’s Tami Williams walked the runway in a refrigerator with colourful letter magnets spelling out the phrase, ‘But who invented Black trauma?’ Something Extra brings you the highlights.