Kerby Jean-Raymond, the designer behind Pyer Moss, has been consulting on wardrobe for Usher for months now. Earlier this week Usher took the stage at the BET Awards wearing a leather biker jacket, drop crotch pants, and mesh tee by the designer. Here’s what Kerby had to say about working with the legend, and what’s next for Pyer Moss.
How did you begin working with Usher and what is your collaborative creative process like?
Usher’s Stylist Gali Barraza approached me at my SS14 show at Milk Studios. She wandered in by chance and fell in love with the stuff. She started pulling things for him and later they began customizing items, which I happily made. As some of his live shows were coming up and The Voice Season 3 began, I started helping in creating key pieces for his wardrobe regularly. I was recently approached about working with the entire band and dancers beginning with the BET Awards.
Usher and I have similar styles so designing for him is a breeze. For his crew, he wants them all to dress authentically, an extension of their personality. Some are conservative, some need a lot of bling; they are all stars and they all have to shine in their individual ways.
Tell us about the Killer biker jacket and the Ryan mesh tee, and why it was a great fit for Usher.
Usher is a true performer, he does not lip sync and he dances vigorously so he needs breathable clothing, the Killer comes in a lightweight perforated leather option and the Ryan comes in a mesh option with vents that allow him to breathe! We’ve made several of each for him.
What did you think of Usher’s performance? And can you describe what about Usher as a performer and musician really stands out to you?
I watched Usher rehearse for two weeks from morning until 11 p.m. He kept a notepad by his mic the same way I keep a sketchbook in every room in my apartment and office. He is a perfectionist, I thought his performance was flawless, and he reminded everyone why he’s never going anywhere, and why he is the legend he is.
So it sounds like NYFW is coming up for you….tell us about your plans, what we can expect!
You can expect Pyer Moss in its truest form, the evolution of athletic uniforms into high quality menswear pieces. Mixed media is a must. Complex pattern making that make my team cringe is also a must.