Pyer Moss Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

Pyer Moss Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

The Brooklyn-born designer perfectly outfits fashion's socially conscious future.

The Brooklyn-born designer perfectly outfits fashion's socially conscious future.

Text: Stephanie Ge

“Pierre.” That’s how you pronounce “Pyer” in Pyer Moss, the brand that’s on everyone’s lips after designer Kerby Jean-Raymond snagged the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, and the whopping $400,000 prize, last night. Held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Fund's 15th annual ceremony was an autumnal oasis in the rain, with guests like Dylan Sprouse, Karlie Kloss, Kris Wu, and Stella Maxwell gracing a lush, floral step-and-repeat before taking in the nominees' collections inside.

A panel of judges including Anna Wintour, Eva Chen and Diane Von Furstenburg assessed the 10 nominees, who were announced in July, based on their SS19 collections. Putting months of anticipations to rest, presenter Emily Blunt announced the two runners-up—Bode’s Emily Adams Bode and Jonathan Cohen—before handing off the grand prize to Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond.


As the 31-year-old Brooklyn native behind the Pyer Moss brand (an homage to his Haitian-American mother), Jean-Raymond is known for addressing societal issues and challenging status quos in his utility and street-focused line. Emphasizing color blocks and bold tailoring, the brand is also celebrated for its representation of black culture in America. After working under brands like Marc Jacobs and Theory, Jean-Raymond launched his own brand in 2013, and soon was courting fans from footballer and activist Colin Kaepernick to Issa Rae.

Founded in 2003, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund offers an unparalleled monetary and press boon for young designers. With a slate including Christian Cowan, Raul Lopez of Luar, and Matthew Adams Dolan, this year’s lineup was as competitive, and wide-ranging, as any. As runners-up, Bode and Cohen (known for authentic retro silhouettes and bold, often botanical prints respectively) each took home $150,000, and all 10 are sure to go places; past contenders range from Alexander Wang to Proenza Schouler to Chromat.


Of the link between the three top dogs, Wintour echoed fashion’s growing sense of social responsibility. “Their work highlights a high degree of creativity and a deep-rooted commitment to the notion of community. They’re not only a credit to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as it celebrates its 15th anniversary, but also to the optimism and inclusivity of the very best American fashion,” she said.


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