Symone Lu Takes Vogue Behind the Scenes of Kerby Jean-Raymond’s Pyer Moss Couture Debut

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Vogue’s “day in the life” videos tend to cover roughly 12 hours of a model’s pre-show routine, from her morning coffee to her final runway walk. For Symone Lu, it was more like 48 hours: We followed her to Irvington, New York, for Kerby Jean-Raymond’s Pyer Moss couture debut [https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2021-couture/pyer-moss] on July 8th, but after hours of waiting, the show—set outdoors in front of Madame C.J. Walker’s estate—was ultimately rained out. (This being the same day New York subway stations and stairwells flooded as Tropical Storm Elsa moved up the coast; suffice it to say, it was not your average shower.) 

Lu was back two days later for the postponed event, but she and the other models seemed unfazed—ditto the editors and fans in the crowd. These were extraordinary circumstances for a momentous occasion: Nearly two years after his last show, Jean-Raymond wasn’t just showing couture in New York, but was the first African American designer to be invited [https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2021-couture/pyer-moss] by the Chambre Syndicale to present on the calendar at all. As a Chinese-Jamaican model and artist, Lu was thrilled to be a part of it. Vogue documented all the pre-show excitement, from the “fashion bus” to Irvington to the hair and makeup, the nail art, and finally the surreal, larger-than-life looks. Lu’s resembled a flat sandal in homage to Jan Matzeliger, the creator of the lasting machine and one of 25 Black inventors who inspired the collection. 

“This is how every fashion show should feel!” Lu said, dancing to live string music outside. Watch the entire video above, and come back for more Vogue videos when New York Fashion Week returns in September.

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Directed by Talia Collis

DP Rachel Batashvili

Editor Jesse Threatt

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Sound Lily Van Leeuwen

Color Keyhan Bayegan

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