Kerby Jean-Raymond is never one to shy away from making a political stance. This season, it was in a subtle way for his men’s wear label Pyer Moss. The young designer found a newfound respect for the elderly after the protests at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which led him to think about his own family. He decided to tell his story through fashion, titled “Stories About My Parents.” Fall was part one, “My Father as I Remember From 1980-1999.” Here he created a timeline of his dad’s life from landing at JFK Airport from Haiti to his years as a taxi driver, the loss of his wife and getting remarried. Jean-Raymond stated backstage after the show that he looked at old photos of his dad and then re-created the looks, literally. The styles, all men’s wear, but at times shown on women, were strong and powerful and showed Jean-Raymond’s capabilities as a designer. During the show, a diverse multicultural and multireligious choir sang beautiful spiritual songs, ending with Justin Bieber’s hit, “Sorry.” The lineup was filled with effortless oversize suits; terrific coats with graphic back stripes; easy pleated trousers with a velvet side tuxedo stripe; a playful sparkling bomber, and a nod to athleticwear with joggers and track jackets. He also created a T-shirt that was an actual print of his dad’s Green Card photo. Backstage, Jean-Raymond stated that part two of his family’s story will be at his spring collection, which will focus on his mothers — his birth mom who passed away when he was a child and his godmother who raised him. (He hinted that this spring he will launch a women’s wear collection.) It was all very touching.

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