Congratulations Pyer Moss on Your Vogue Fund CFDA Award

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Pyer Moss, led by Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond has won the CFDA/Vogue Fund award. It is American Fashion’s biggest and fanciest award, and Jean-Raymond winning is a big deal. There aren’t many black designers in CFDA (Council for Fashion Designers of America) the number of winners is even smaller – so while it shouldn’t be a big deal, it is.

 

I first became familiar with Jean-Raymond when his Black Lives Matter collection hit runways during New York Fashion Week, styled by none other than Neo-Soul’s Queen Erykah Badu. The clothes made a statement as true and ringing as other designers would like but the collection was wearable and functional too which made it strong on both sides.

 

As winner, Jean-Raymond gets $400,000 and mentorship from a seasoned fashion exec. Not bad for a Haitian-American from Brooklyn’s Flatbush section.

 

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“At a time when our world faces so many challenges, I’m impressed by this year’s winners,” said Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast. “Their work highlights a high degree of creativity and a deep-rooted commitment to the notion of community. They’re not only a credit to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as it celebrates its 15th anniversary, but also to the optimism and inclusivity of the very best American fashion.”

 

Jean-Raymond has never been afraid to speak on issues in society using fashion as his catalyst – even when those opinions weren’t popular. A few years ago, I had the honor of interviewing the young designer for my feature for Vogue Italia on BLM. That story can be viewed here.

 

Jean-Raymond was presented the award by Emily Blunt, the actress who played the spicy assistant to Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. Featuring a panel of judges that included: Joseph Altuzarra, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Nordstrom’s Jeffrey Kalinsky, the CFDA’s Steven Kolb, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Roopal Patel, Theory’s Andrew Rosen, Diane von Furstenberg, and Vogue’s Mark Holgate and Nicole Phelps – Jean-Raymond won the competition with honest, narrative driven fashion.

 

And that can’t be taught. It can only be lived.