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Move over, Kanye. Another hip-hop artist is coming to take New York Fashion Week.

After kicking off NYFW with an hour-long set last season, Erykah Badu has teamed up with designer Kerby Jean-Raymond to style his label Pyer Moss‘ AW16 show. Although this is far from Erykah’s first venture into fashion, it will be her most important.

The show will explore the Black experience in contemporary America. Speaking with DAZED Digital, Erykah explained how her collaboration with Kerby came to be, saying:

“(Kerby and I) were a match made in fashion heaven,” says Badu, “We share an eye for truth through art. Though risky at times, he stands in his truth. And the strength of that truth lies in the belief of his vision. I’m inspired by the bold statements he makes in this, sometimes, fickle industry.”

Last season, Kerby brought the Black Lives Matter movement to NYFW by featuring footage of the police killings of Eric Garner and Walter Scott at his presentation. A statement from Pyer Moss read, in part:

The black experience in America is the ultimate double bind; a place where natural born citizens live an immigrant experience in the only land they’ve known as home. A place where black culture is praised, commodified, and appropriated, while black people are criticised, vilified, and hunted for sport.

We can’t wait to see what Kerby and Erykah have in store. Definitely a must-see on our NYFW check-list.


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