MET GALA 2018 REVIEW

HEAVENLY BODIES: FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION REVIEW

BEFORE WE GET INTO THE GARMENTS THAT GRACED THE RED CARPET, WHAT EXACTLY IS THE MET GALA AND WHY DOES IT HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?

ESSENTIALLY THE MET GALA IS ONE OF FASHION’S BIGGEST FUNDRAISING EVENTS BY THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA AT NEW YORK’S FAMOUS METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. IT WAS FIRST HELD IN 1948 BY ELEANOR LAMBERT, NOW IT WELCOMES FASHION, MUSIC, ART, AND FILM TO RAISE MONEY AND WELCOME NEW EXHIBITIONS. ONCE A YEAR THE NIGHT IS CENTRED AROUND ONE THEME, AN EXAMPLE OF PREVIOUS ONES IS PUNK: CHAOS TO COUTURE, CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND NOW THIS YEAR WE ARE INTRODUCED TO HEAVENLY BODIES: FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION.

ANNA WINTOUR HAS CHAIRED THE EVENT SINCE 1995, AND CHOOSES PUBLIC FIGURES TO HELP AS THE EVENT’S CO-CHAIRS. THIS YEAR WAS THE EVENT’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY AND WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE DONATELLA VERSACE, RIHANNA, AND AMAL CLOONEY AS CO-CHAIRS FOR THE ICONIC EVENT.

I’VE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CELEBRITIES CROSS THE RED CARPET, AND THIS YEAR ACCORDING TO VOGUE THE CELEBS “EXPLORE THE NEW EXHIBITION, BEFORE SITTING DOWN FOR DINNER”, THEY ARE THEN “TREATED TO A SURPRISE PERFORMANCE BY MADONNA” WHO RECREATED ‘LIKE A PRAYER’.  THE GUESTS ARE INTRODUCED TO THREE VENUES WITHIN THE GALLERY: THE FIRST WAS THE ANNA WINTOUR COSTUME CENTER, THE MEDIEVAL GALLERIES AT THE MAIN AREA OF THE MET AND LASTLY THE CLOISTERS.

 

 

 

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THE EXHIBITION WILL INCLUDE THE SPONSORSHIP OF PIECES SHOWCASING THE INFLUENCE OF RELIGION ON FASHION FROM DONATELLA VERSACE, CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA, AND STEPHEN A. SCHWARZMAN AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM CONDE NAST! A DISPLAY OF ROUGHLY 150 DESIGNER PIECES BY COCO CHANEL, ONE WEDDING DRESS INSPIRED BY A COMMUNION GOWN, VALENTINO COUTURE DRESSES INSPIRED BY FRANCISCO DI ZURBARAN’S PAINTINGS OF MONK ROBES AND JOHN GALLIANO. HIS FALL 2000 COLLECTION FOR DIOR WAS OPENED BY A FIGURE LIKE POPE WHO WALKED DOWN THE RUNWAY ALONGSIDE A VOICE DEPICTING “UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF LOVE”.

THE THEME HAS ALREADY BEEN SEEN AS THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL YET, HOWEVER FASHION HAS ALWAYS INCLUDED THE ART OF RELIGION IN IT’S COLLECTIONS. CELEBRATING THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS, THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE CHURCH BUILDINGS AND ATTRIBUTES OF CATHOLICISM.

IN MY OPINION BEST DRESSED, BELONGS TO THOSE WHO FOLLOWED THE THEME IN THE MOST INTRIGUING WAY.

  • AS ALWAYS, WE WAIT IN ANTICIPATION FOR RIHANNA WHO ALWAYS SETS THE BAR SO HIGH, ESPECIALLY AFTER HER PAST MET GALA LOOKS OF GUO PEI/CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND COMME DES GARCONS/REI KAWAKUBO: ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN. THIS YEAR RIHANNA WON THE MET GALA ONCE AGAIN, DRESSED AS THE POPE, I MEAN DID YOU HEAR ME? BADGALRIRI REALLY CAME AS THE POPE!!!!! SORRY I’M CURRENTLY RE-ARRANGING MY WIG, THAT SHE STOLE! IN MAISON MARGIELA BY JOHN GALLIANO DAZZLED IN 18,000 DIAMONDS, PEARL AND JEWELED ROBE. AS WELL AS A MATCHING PAPAL MITRE AND NECKLACE, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS (OF COURSE) I MEAN COME ON HAVE YOU SEEN THE ANKLE DETAIL OF THAT HEEL?

 

 

 

  • ALESSANDRO MICHELE, LANA DEL REY, AND JARED LETO A TRIO TO DIE FOR! ALL DRESSED IN GUCCI HEAD TO TOE AND THEY LOOKED DIVINE. I WAS IN AWE OF THE EMBROIDERY AND DETAIL OF THE MEN’S SUITS AND LANA DEL REY’S DRESS. AND LET’S NOT FORGET LANA DEL REY’S HEADPIECE, THE COLOUR, DETAIL AND SIZE DREW SO MUCH ATTENTION TO HER WHOLE APPEARANCE. THEY MEMORISED THE THEME, AND DELIVERED!

 

 

 

  • CHADWICK BOSEMAN, CHADWICK BOSEMAN, AND ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK! CHADWICK BOSEMAN! HE CAME TO STEAL HEARTS AND BEST-LOOKING MAN BECAUSE HIS WHOLE SUIT WAS MESMERIZING AND I HOPE YOU ALL SAW THE VIDEO OF HIS HAIR GLISTENING! WHAT A MAN! WEARING ALL WHITE, IN CUSTOM ATELIER VERSACE, HE WAS IN A TUXEDO WITH GOLD BEADING, A MATCHING CROSS CAPE WITH JEWELS. HIS HANDS ALONE WERE A STAPLE PIECE WITH LARGE GOLD RINGS ON. EXTRA OR NOT BUT I DON’T THINK I’M GETTING OVER THIS LOOK ANYTIME SOON!

 

 

 

  • ZENDAYA NEVER DISAPPOINTS WHEN IT COMES TO THE MET GALA, AND THIS YEAR SHE CAME EVEN BETTER AS THE SAINT JOAN OF ARC, IN A CUSTOM VERSACE GOWN, METALLIC AND FEATURING A NECK AND SHOULDER PIECE, A SPIKED BELT AND A TRAIN. ZENDAYA DIDN’T STOP THERE, BUT ALSO ADOPTED A BOBBED WIG SIMILAR TO THE MAID OF ORLEANS. HER ENERGY AND FINAL PHOTOGRAPHS ALMOST LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS ACTING THE ROLE IN A MOVIE, SHE TRULY IS PHENOMENAL AND BROUGHT A NICE TWIST TO THE MET.

 

 

 

  • I’M SORRY BUT BLAKE LIVELY CAME TO SHAKE THE TABLES OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE! WE DO LOVE OVER THE TOP, DRAMATICALLY EXAGGERATED TRAINS AT THE MET AND BLAKE’S DID JUST THAT. HER DRESS BY VERSACE HAD PANELS DOWN BOTH SIDES AND A BODICE OF BEADS THAT TOOK “600 HOURS TO HAND-EMBROIDER” AND IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH THE TIME TAKEN BECAUSE SHE LOOKED AMAZING! ALSO, IN CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS, LORRAINE SCHWARTZ JEWELLERY AND JUDITH LEIBER COUTURE BAG.

 

 

 

  • KIM KARDASHIAN WEST AT THE MET GALA 2018, SHE’S NEVER LOOKED BETTER! SHE WORKED ALONGSIDE DONATELLA VERSACE AND THEY CREATED A LOOK! HER BODY WAS CLINCHED AND HIGHLIGHTED ALONG HER SILHOUETTE IN A DRESS WITH TWO EMBELLISHED CROSSES AT THE FRONT, SO SIMPLE YET SO EFFORTLESSLY DONE AS IT WAS INSPIRED BY THE GOLD CHAIN-MAIL AND CROSS DESIGNS OF VERSACE’S 97 COUTURE SHOW, AS WELL AS THE JEWELS OF LORRAINE SCHWARTZ. AND HER GLAM TEAM DID THAT! HAIR AND MAKE-UP ON POINT, KIMBERLY KEEP THEM FOREVER!

 

 

 

IS THERE ANYTHING DONATELLA CAN’T DO?

ABOVE ARE JUST A FEW OF MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES, BUT I WAS DEFINITELY UP AT 2AM FANGIRLING OVER ALL THE LOOKS THAT WERE BEING UPLOADED ON MY SOCIAL MEDIA. THE MET GALA IS A BRILLIANT IDEA AND I’AM SO THRILLED THAT ANNA WINTOUR IS KEEPING THE LEGACY GOING AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE DAY I’M INVITED TO THE MET GALA OR GOD WILLING EVEN A CO-CHAIR! I MEAN A GIRL CAN ONLY HOPE AND PRAY RIGHT?!

THANK YOU ANNA!

 

 

 

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FALL 18 – ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FALL 18 – ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

“I’M PROUD TO CELEBRATE PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE ON THE RUNWAY AND BRING THE WORLD OF GLAMOUR BACK” – CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

“I WANT THE MODELS TO FEEL GOOD IN THE CLOTHES, AND THE AUDIENCE FEELS THAT AND IT’S NICE TO SEE THAT” – CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

 

73 STUNNING LOOKS! (ABOVE ARE JUST A FEW PERSONAL FAVS)

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO, FASHION’S SWEETHEART CELEBRATED HIS 10TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE GRAND LODGE IN NEW YORK AND IT WAS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. THE AUDIENCE WAS IN AWE OF HIS BEAUTIFULLY DIVERSE RANGE OF MODELS, THAT EXHIBITED SUCH CONFIDENCE AND JOY IN HIS GARMENTS, ALL YOU COULD DO WAS WATCH IN EXCITEMENT AND ANTICIPATION.

 

A BLAST FROM THE PAST, WE WERE GIVEN EVERYTHING THAT SIRIANO HAS EVER DONE AND MORE…FROM GOWNS, TO SLIP DRESSES, FAUX FUR, PANTSUITS AND EVEN MEN’S! IT ALL STARTED WITH ASHLEY GRAHAM IN A LONG VIBRANT RED COAT, BELTED JUST UNDER THE CHEST WITH MATCHING RED OVER THE KNEE BOOTS (PVC WITH FUR STOCKINGS…ICONIC), AND YOU CAN’T IGNORE THE OVER EXAGGERATED LAPEL THAT FLAPS OVER HER SHOULDERS! THE NEXT MODEL, IN A SIMILAR LOOK, THIS TIME THE COLOUR SCHEME WAS BURGUNDY, MATCHING THE GRAND LODGE FLOORS. HER SUNGLASSES, AND HAND TUCKED INTO HER POCKETS GAVE THE FEEL OF A CELEBRITY AVOIDING THE CHAOS OF PAPARAZZI.

 

SIS! WATCHING THE PINK FUR COAT MOVE ALONGSIDE THE MODEL WHILE SHOWING A SNIPPET OF THE SILKY LINING, JUST MAKES YOU WANT YOUR OWN. I WOULD DEFINITELY GO ABOUT MY EVERYDAY LIFE IN THAT COAT, MON- SUN, ALL DAY, EVERYDAY.

 

BAGS HELD ALONG THE ARM OR HELD BY HAND.

 

NOW HEADING INTO THE DRESS AND STAND OUT FUR THROWS WHICH MAKE A BEAUTIFUL CONTRAST AGAINST A BLACK SHEER PRINTED TURTLE NECK AND SHINING BLACK TROUSERS WITH WHITE CONTRASTING STITCHING, DOWN THE FRONT AND SIDE SEAMS (A TREND WE ARE ALL LOVING). AS WELL AS CUT OUT NECKLINES AND SLITS ALONG THE THIGH, SIRIANO KNOWS HOW TO MAKE HIS MODELS FEEL SO FREE AND CONFIDENT AND THIS IS EVIDENT THROUGH EVERY STRUT!

 

FLARED AND RUFFLED SLEEVES.

 

THE PHENOMENAL ACTRESS, SELMA BLAIR WEARING A NUDE CATSUIT FROM HER NECK DOWN TO HER FEET COMPLETELY SHOCKED ME, AS IT LOOKED LIKE A FULL SUIT THAT ALLOWS YOU SLIP YOUR FEET INTO THE BUILT STILETTO. IN EFFECT IT WAS THIGH HIGH BOOTS IN THE EXACT SAME FABRIC AND PRINT! WHO NEEDS THE TYPICAL CAMOUFLAGE PRINT WHEN YOU CAN USE THE SAME PRINT FOR BOTH THE BODY OF THE GARMENT AND SHOES.

 

THE SHORT SNIPPET OF MENSWEAR HAD EVERYONE HYPED TO SEE A SHIMMERY TANK TOP (I CAN ALSO SEE MYSELF WEARING THIS), CONTRASTING WHITE STITCHED SHORTS. A CONSTANT TECHNIQUE WE ARE OBSESSING OVER IN THIS COLLECTION, SIRIANO DOES NOT STOP THERE, AS IT’S MATCHED WITH ACCESSORIES: A SHOPPER BAG, ENTITLED “PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE” AND SUNGLASSES FINISHING WITH BRIGHT NEON PINK SNEAKERS WITH EXPOSED FUR WRAPPED AROUND THE FRONT.

 

CRYSTAL VELVET BALL GOWNS AND DRESSES, GRACED THE RUNWAY IN ALL STYLES AND NECKLINES. FROM STRAPLESS, TO ONE SHOULDER WITH A SUPER HIGH SLIT AT THE THIGH AND SLIP DRESSES WITH SLITS IN THE MIDDLE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S MORE VERSATILE, SIRIANO’S MODELS OR HIS GARMENTS. THE SPARKLY VELVET FABRIC IS EXTENDED INTO A PANT SUIT AND AN EXQUISITE HEADPIECE WITH FEATHERS. THE HEADPIECE ALONE IS A WORK OF ART!

 

EMBROIDERY AND SPARKLY EMBELLISHMENTS.

 

SILHOUETTES WITH CONTRASTING RED AND PINK COLOUR BLOCK.

 

MIRRORED CRYSTAL SEQUINS CREATING A BOLD AND FIERCE FEEL TO THE GARMENT.

 

FROM FABULOUS REDS TO BLACK THEN A SURPRISING YET SATISFYING CHANGE WITH DANIELLE BROOKS IN A BLUEY DREAM GOWN THAT COMPLIMENTED HER SO STUNNINGLY.

 

AS THE MODELS WALKED AROUND ONE ANOTHER AND GATHERED AT THE STAIRCASE, THE ROOM APPEARED TO BE FILLED WITH SO MUCH HAPPINESS, THE MODELS THEMSELVES LOOKED GOOD AND NO ONE COULD TELL YOU THAT THEY DIDN’T FEEL GOOD! THAT IS WHAT CHRISTIAN SIRIANO HAS DONE SO EFFORTLESSLY. BY ALLOWING WOMEN OF ALL RACES, SHAPES AND SIZES TO FEEL EQUALLY BEAUTIFUL IN A WORLD THAT CONTINUALLY MAKES US FEEL INSECURE. THE GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES SPOKE FOR THEMSELVES AS EACH ONE HAD THEIR OWN STORY AND SIGNIFICANCE AND IT ALMOST FELT LIKE THE MODELS WERE IN THEIR DREAM DRESSES, THE DRESSES YOU DREAM OF HAVING FOR PROM OR YOUR WEDDING! AS A BLACK WOMAN MYSELF HEARING HOW “BEAUTIFUL” CHRISTIAN SIRIANO MAKES LESLIE JONES FEEL AND OTHER CELEBRITIES, WHEN OTHER DESIGNERS FAIL TO RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF CELEBRATING RACE AND BODY POSITIVITY. IT WAS A WELL-DESERVED AWARD FOR SIRIANO AS ‘TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE’ BECAUSE HE IS NOT AFRAID TO CHANGE THE WAY WE VIEW ONE OTHER IN THE INDUSTRY.

 

THANK YOU, CHRISTIAN!

 

OH AND DID I MENTION THE FRONT ROW CONSISTED OF CLIENTS AND CELEBRITY FRIENDS LIKE WHOOPI GOLDBERG (ONE OF HIS FIRST EVER CLIENTS), MEG RYAN, CARDI B, JAIMIE ALEXANDER AND SARAH REFFERTY.

OFF WHITE FALL WINTER 18/19 – WEST VILLAGE

OFF WHITE FALL WINTER 18/19 – WEST VILLAGE

“I’M ABOUT CHRONICLING THE MODERN WOMAN THAT I SEE, AND PUTTING THAT ENERGY AND THAT ATTITUDE ONTO THE RECORDING TIMELINE OF FASHION,” VIRGIL ABLOH 

VIRGIL ABLOH, THE MASTER OF MAKING STREET WEAR AND WORK WEAR WORK SO WELL TOGETHER. IS PRESENTED ONCE AGAIN IN PARIS AT THE PAVILLON CABON-CAPUCINES, WE ARE INTRODUCED TO A BLUE LIGHTING THAT ABSORBED THE ENTIRE HALL, WITH HANGING WHITE BALLOONS IN THE AIR. JUST OUTSIDE IS THE LE BON MARCHE POP-UP CAFÉ, WHERE ABLOH COLLABORATES WITH WILD & THE MOON, A WILD FOOD BAR AND DUBAI BASED JUICE TO STOCK JUICES, VITALITY SHOTS AND FLAVOURED POPCORN, ALL PRESENTED IN A LIMITED-EDITION OFF-WHITE PACKAGING. SADLY, IF YOU’RE LIKE ME AND DIDN’T GET TO VISIT BEFORE MARCH 31ST THIS SPACE IS NOW CLOSED, TO GET A FILL OF THE CAFÉ BELOW @WILDANDTHEMOON

BACK TO THE SHOW, THE AUDIENCES ATTENTION IS ON A TWISTED ORNATE STAIRWELL AS BELLA HADID OPENS THE SHOW IN A CORSET JUMPSUIT ZIPPED UP THE CHEST WITH A WHITE SHIRT UNDERNEATH, ALONG WITH A BAG ENTITILD “OFF-WHITE C/O VIRGIL ABLOH “SCULPTURE” VIA DANIELE MANIN 13 20121 MILAN, ITALY” A TRADEMARK WE ALL KNOW WELL AND LOVE!

FOLLOWED BY HIANDRA MARTINEZ IN A SIMILAR SHIRT AS BELLA INSTEAD WITH A BOOB TUBE DRESS, SLIT AT THE THIGH WITH THIGH HIGH BOOTS PEAKING THROUGH  IN  TRADITIONAL EQUATION PRINT WITH “PATTERN” “OFF-WHITE” VISIBLE ON THE GARMENTS. ABLOH PRESENTS CLOTHING FOR THE MODELS WHO WORK WITH HIM AS KAIA GERBER WALKS IN A CO-ORD PATTERNED THROUGHOUT, (GIVING ME UPDATED DENIM VIBES) WITH AN OFF-WHITE BAG TUCKED UNDER HER ARMPITS, ACCOMPANIED BY LEATHER BOOTS WITH FUR WRAPPED AROUND THE ANKLES. THE CONTRASTING PRINT AND LEATHER GIVES A TWIST OF VINTAGE AND CONTEMPORARY THAT CAN BE APPRECIATED. SIMILAR TO HIS MODELS, VIRGIL DESCRIBES HIS WOMAN FOR THE SEASON AS “A 26-YEAR-OLD GIRL, WHO GREW UP RIDING HORSES, SO HAS A KNOWLEDGE OF FORMAL WEAR, BUT IS EQUALLY INTRIGUED BY GOING TO THE GYM DURING THE WEEK AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO WEAR ATHLEISURE IN A NEW WAY.

NOTE: EXTENDED DARTS ON DRESSES AND JACKETS.

THE AUDIENCE IS OFFERED EVERYTHING IN THIS COLLECTION, A-SYMMETRICAL SHAPES WITH CONTRASTING SNAKE-SKIN AND LEATHER. SLEEVES ALONG ONE ARM, EXTENDED INTO GLOVES (WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT??!!) HEELS YOU TIE, GIVING THE FEEL OF SILK SCARVES AROUND THE FOOT AND ANKLE.

PRINTED DRESSES AND SNEAKERS, IS EVERYTHING I NEED IN MY WARDROBE AS IT WOULD DEFINITELY BE MY SUMMER GO-TO LOOK. I CAN’T BE THE ONLY THAT BUYS CERTAIN DRESSES, JUST TO PLAN AND WEAR THEM WITH SNEAKERS! NEW OFF-WHITE X NIKE VAPORMAX SNEAKERS TO BE EXACT!

SMALLER BAGS HAS BEEN EVERYONE’S CURRENT OBSESSION AND I’M SO GLAD OFF-WHITE HAS THEIR OWN, ALONGSIDE NEW SUNGLASSES, ANYONE FEELING SHADY?

HOODS IN REPLACEMENT OF HELMETS, WITH LEATHER JACKETS THAT SHAPE AT THE WAIST, OH SO EFFORTLESSLY.

VIRGIL ALWAYS MAKES US FEEL RIGHT AT HOME, PAYING HOMAGE TO OFF-WHITE LEOTARDS AND FITTED BODYSUITS. ALONG WITH THE RETURN OF LAYERED ROMANTIC RUFFLES, THAT GRACES THE RUNWAY. EACH BOUNCE REFLECTING THE WALK OF THE MODEL. GRAPHIC TEES TUCKED UNDER CORSETS WITH A POP OF LIME GREEN IS SO EFFECTIVE, AS COLOUR VARIATION FROM THE REST OF THE COLLECTION MAKES IT STAND OUT.

THE ENDING OF A SPECTACULAR SHOW, ENDING WITH ALL THE MODELS WALKING OUT TOGETHER, GIVING US ONE MORE TASTE OF EVERY INTRICATE DETAIL IN THE  COLLECTION.

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT EVERY SEASON I FALL MORE AND MORE IN LOVE WITH OFF-WHITE. I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE THE COLLECTION WAS MADE FOR ME AND ALL I WANT TO DO IS BE HEAD-TO-TOE IN OFF-WHITE. VIRGIL ABLOH GETS OUR LOVE FOR STREET AND HIGH FASHION, KNOWING JUST HOW TO GIVE US AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF BOTH. HIS ABILITY TO COLLAB WITH PEOPLE TO GIVE US OFF-WHITE X…. IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVING.  IT CANNOT GO UNNOTICED… BUT A MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS TO VIRGIL ABLOH WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO BE LOUIS VUITTON’S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR MENSWEAR, AS THE FIRST BLACK DESIGNER TO BE GIVEN THIS POSITION, THIS A VERY EXCITING MOMENT IN HISTORY… I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHATS IN STORE FOR OFF-WHITE AND LOUIS VUITTON MEN!

THANK YOU, VIRGIL!

 

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PYER MOSS AW18 READY-TO-WEAR

 

 

PYER’S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SHOW ON SATURDAY NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 2018 BEGAN WITH A BLUE SPOTLIGHT HIGHLIGHTING A GOSPEL CHOIR ALL WEARING WHITE FROM HEAD-TO-TOE, SINGING SOULFUL MEDLEYS OF KENDRICK LAMAR’S ‘ALRIGHT’. WHICH REPEATS “WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT” THROUGHOUT THE TRACK, EXPRESSING THE NEED FOR HOPE DESPITE THE SUFFERING, A DEEP MESSAGE LINKED TO BLACK LIVES MATTER AND JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOUR AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY.

SIMILAR TO DESIGNER KERBY JEAN-RAYMOND’S 15 MINUTE VIDEO ABOUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND POLICE BRUTALITY AT HIS FALL 15 SHOW, A MESSAGE HE PRESENTS THROUGH HIS SHOWS.

THE COLLECTION, A BEAUTIFUL COLOUR SCHEME OF MUSTARD YELLOWS, REDS, KHAKIS AND BROWNS WHICH POPPED AGAINST HIS BEAUTIFULLY DIVERSE MODELS AND PLAIN WHITE BACKGROUND, DRAWING YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

A DETAIL AND INSPIRATION TAKEN FROM 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN WEST COWBOYS, WHOSE STORIES DISCREDITED THE HISTORY OF BLACK PRESENCE, DESPITE THIS RAYMOND SAYS, “NO MORE” AND PRESENTS BLACK HISTORY IN HIS SHOWS. WITH HATS, JOGGERS AND SOCKS READING “AS USA” AND HOODIES PRINTED “CLOTHING WITHOUT PREJUDICE” ALONG THE ARMS, STATEMENTS NEEDED IN SOCIETY TODAY!

THE INTRODUCTION OF WOMENSWEAR, WAS DONE SO PERFECTLY WITH ONE MODEL WEARING A WHITE SHEARING JACKET AGAINST A SILKY SATIN DRESS, ADDING A SWEET TOUCH TO THE COLLECTION.

THE PARTNERSHIP OF PYER MOSS AND REEBOK WAS INTRODUCED WITH BAGS, CAPS, AND TRACKSUITS WITH ‘REEBOX’ BOLDLY WRITTEN ON THEM. A BEGINNING OF AN EXCITING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE YOUNG DESIGNER AND THE ATHLETIC BRAND.

FOR ME BEING A YOUNG BLACK WOMAN, THRIVING FOR A CAREER IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, THE LACK OF DIVERSITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN INSTANT DOWNER, HOWEVER WITH TALENTED BLACK MEN LIKE JEAN RAYMOND I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT THE FIRST VIEWING OF THIS COLLECTION I INSTANTLY SMILED AND SIGHED WITH RELIEF,

THANK YOU, JEAN!