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April 20 2014

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The Next Big Thing: Pyer Moss, Fall ’14

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Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

Pyer Moss

Label: Pyer Moss, designed by Kerby Jean-Raymond

Need to know: Fresh off his best new menswear designer win at this year’s FGI Rising Star Awards, Kerby Jean-Raymond presented his third season of luxury-meets-streetwear at Milk Studios last night. The theme was samurai—a visual rendering of the Japanese warriors’ apparel as affected by “levels of kill,” to be exact. (“They had honorable ‘clean’ versus dishonorable ‘brutal’ kills,” Jean-Raymond explained.) This esoteric reference took shape through jagged leather patchwork pieces on graphic black-and-white pullovers; clean nylon parkas punctuated with aggressive bison panels on sleeves and shoulders; and splice-happy, butter-soft leather drop pants. Sporty touches—the use of the aforementioned microfiber, plus plenty of nylon and a hockey jersey with a samurai motif—reminded us that this line is about comfort and running around, in addition to style. Near the end of the presentation, Usher’s stylist tapped Jean-Raymond’s shoulder to comment, “Can you make this one immediately, for real?” We’re guessing yes.

He says: “We started with the brutal kills in the design process. I imagined what these clothes would look like if they were put back together. I added some plum in the collection to give that bloody, gory look,” he said, later adding, “This is something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little kid! I wanted to put cashmere and Gor-Tex together. Sue me!”

Where to find it: Ssense.com, Browns of London.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Drag Queens, Credit Card Debt, and Fashion’s Rising Stars

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Rising Star Winners

“Think of me as sort of a gay male version of Maggie Smith’s character on Downton Abbey,” said Simon Doonan while smiling onstage at Cipriani’s yesterday afternoon. “I’m going to give you some life tips. Rising stars, are you listening?” And so began the 17th Annual Rising Star Awards, an industry event that drew the likes of Anndra Neen’s Annette and Phoebe Stephens, Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa, and NARS’ Sara Zucker to celebrate emerging talent in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories, business, and design.

“Thank God for menswear, otherwise I would be freezing my ass off on days like today!” exclaimed Hal Rubenstein before presenting the menswear award to Pyer Moss’ tear-stricken Kerby Jean-Raymond and a very surprised Ian Velardi. “I really didn’t expect to be up here, so I have nothing to say,” offered the former. “But I do want to thank my girlfriend for allowing me to max out all of our credit cards. I promise you that I’m gonna buy you a ring after we pay off Chase, American Express, Capital One, and every other credit union who ever lent us money.”

Honor’s Giovanna Randall later received the womenswear award from a fanny-pack-totting Stephen Burrows, who wore his sunglasses onstage. The accessories prize, meanwhile, was handed to Edmundo Castillo. “Of course you want it, but you never know…” he whispered after leaving the podium.

We have to imagine that, as they left the luncheon, all the event’s guests felt like winners—after all, they had been privy to Doonan’s sacred life tips. His best advice? “Always make sure that you have at least one drag queen in your orbit. They’re very inspiring.”

Photo: Courtesy of Rising Star Awards