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VP Kamala Harris' Custom Pyer Moss Carries Activist Style To COVID Memorial

PhenomenalMAG Staff  |  Fashion Me In Style

Some people may just now be peeping his game, but Haitian-American designer-activist Kerby Jean Raymond has been taking on the fashion industry since he launched Pyer Moss in 2013.

Now his gorgeous design has covered our historical new Vice President Kamala Harris as she debuted on the global scene.

Sporting a custom-designed, camel-colored Pyer Moss coat, Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff joined President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden as they honored the more than 400,000 American souls who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coat cuts clean lines around the neck and the large front lapels before draping softly down to a mid-calf length. Harris wore the coat over a black ensemble, and most notably knee-high leather boots, which gave a powerful, sophisticated silhouette against the poignant, pink-painted sky at sunset.

On the back, the Pyer Moss creation truly shined. It featured a powerful detail that might have gone unnoticed but was absolutely perfect for the event. As Surface pointed out, “Its pleated back mimics a flattening Covid-19 curve, which nods to the Biden administration’s commitment to rolling out the coronavirus vaccine during their first 100 days in office.

Raymond hails from Brooklyn and studied at The High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan. He also did an apprenticeship under Kay Unger, worked with Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, and freelanced for Theory and Marc Jacobs. His label Pyer Moss, pronounced “Pierre Moss” is a combination of his mother’s American and Haitian last names.

Pyer Moss has best been known for using fashion to disrupt, such as with the powerful SS 2016 show in which Raymond ran a documentary on racially-motivated police brutality. The brand’s “luxury streetwear” has spread everywhere with T-shirts and logos like “They Have Names,” honoring victims like Walter Scott and Eric Garner, as well as “Stop calling 911 on the culture.

Raymond is already a decorated designer with the 2014 Fashion Group International Rising Star award for menswear and making the Forbes 30 Under 30 List. Now, with high-powered fans like Vice President Harris on board, his impact is about to explode.


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