Erykah Badu Is Bringing Blackness to NYFW!
Is it even a proper Black History month if Muva Erykah doesn’t make a statement?
Blackness is coming to New York Fashion Week in a big way this year. Erykah Badu will be styling Pyer Moss’s AW16 line!
In the company of founder and head designer, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Badu will be curating a show that will explore the Black experience in contemporary America.
Pyer Moss’s shows are no stranger to making a statement on Blackness. Last year for its womenswear NYFW debut, the show featured a fifteen minute video on the horrific cases of police brutality on Black men and women in America.
As for the actual fashion, Jean-Raymond commissioned artist Gregory Siff to tag some of the outfits being modeled with commonly recognized message from the Black Lives Matter movement.
What’s probably most memorable were the white boots featuring the names of Black women who died at the hands of police, which were splattered in red paint to look like blood.
So this year it will be exciting to see how the designer will continue the story with the help of a true curator of Black girl Magic, Ms. Badu.
Pyer Moss has released statements explaining that the show ill really focus on what they call the “double bind” of living in “a place where black culture is praised, commodified, and appropriated, while black people are criticized, vilified, and hunted for sport.”
Badu is just as excited to take part in the project as we are to see it, explaining, “[Kerby and I] were a match made in fashion heaven. We share an eye for truth through art. Though risky at times, he stands in his truth. And the strength of that truth lies in the belief of his vision. I’m inspired by the bold statements he makes in this, sometimes, fickle industry.”
NYFW is gearing up to be more exciting every day!