Power Style: Pyer Moss x Erykah Badu
Great news, Saturday our beloved musician, headwear icon and vocal Black Lives Matter activist made her come back to fashion. We really liked when she teamed-up with Givenchy and Tom Ford in the past.
This time she’s became a stylist alongside stylist friend Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss. Badu who just premiered her new movie, The Land, at Sundance in January said “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. I’m inspired by the bold statements he makes in this sometimes fickle industry” .
Regarding the inspiration of the show Jean-Raymond explained “The presentation is a meditation on the tension and mental anguish that exists when conflicting demands are placed on an individual, thereby resulting in confusion in thinking and communication, (…) In the 1950s, anthropologist George Bateson coined the term ‘Double Bind’. Double Bind is linked to Schizophrenia. Jean-Raymond continued “The black experience in America is the ultimate double bind; a place where natural born citizens live an immigrant experience in the only land they’ve known as home. A place where black culture is praised, commodified, and appropriated, while black people are criticised, vilified, and hunted for sport. A certain functional schizophrenia has to exist to cope with the dissonance of having a black man in the White House while a black body lies for four hours in the streets of Ferguson.”
During the show Erykah Badu, sat in the front row, wearing a blue jumpsuit-like outfit and a black chauffeur’s hat. Her hair was done in pigtails, and she wore orange nail polish on one hand and yellow on the other.
She called this discordance the “double binding of two conflicting ideas that leads to depression,”! Badu explained she “doesn’t follow fashion per se,” she is pleased to work with anyone whose values are “bravery, honesty and fearlessness.”
Which is how she said she views Jean-Raymond, whose last collection had models walking around in blood-spattered footwear as a movie played about police brutality and racism.
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