BY RYAN WADDOUPS | SURFACE
On Jan. 19, then Vice President
The internet was also aflutter over Harris’s camel coat by the Haitian-American designer Kerby Jean-Raymond. Equal parts designer and disruptor, the Pyer Moss founder has turned his fashion label into a cultural powerhouse by challenging the social construct. His designs are often referred to as monumental; his runway shows, revolutionary. Equally committed to racial equality and activism, the label staged a game-changing spring 2016 runway show that featured a collection inspired by Black Lives Matter; families of police brutality victims supplanted stalwart editors in the front row. And when the coronavirus pandemic first started ravaging the United States, Jean-Raymond transformed his New York studio into a donation center and spent $5,000 on personal protective equipment for frontline workers. He also raised $50,000 in grants for minority and women-owned businesses impacted by the shutdown.
Now that Harris has become the highest ranking woman in the United States, her sartorial choices are destined for constant scrutiny. So it seems noteworthy that she’d wear Pyer Moss for her first major public appearance. Not only does it start off her tenure on a high note, but it also represents the turning over of a new leaf—she ditched her famous Converse sneakers (which she rocked on her recent Vogue cover) for a more understated ensemble of thigh-high boots and a black turtleneck. Her coat also makes a poignant design statement if you look hard enough: 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. Continue reading