“The motor-cross idea came from ‘A Place Beyond the Pines,’” said Kerby Jean-Raymond, the designer of Pyer Moss. “It was such a sick movie to me.” With a nod to motorsports—like the name “Motoguzzi” and the pair of cycles backing the presentation on Milk’s eighth floor—his Spring 2014 collection featured angular color-blocking, zippered knee pads and plentiful panels of leather.

The brand’s second New York Fashion Week show was an upbeat gathering, too: Songs from Kanye West and ASAP Ferg blared as designer Jean-Raymond posed for photos with singer Rita Oro.

There was a multicolored wool blazer, paired excellently with a white dress shirt and black padded nylon pants. A heather gray sweatshirt was inscribed with “Crash and Kill.” Jean-Raymond’s leather jackets remain a highlight as well, and he happily pointed out the perforated calf-skin back on a particular favorite. “This season, I used a lot of dark colors, but light fabrics,” he explained. “You can get that rich, luxurious feel, but not sweat your balls off.”

Indeed, despite the glare of the lights and the teeming room, most of the statuesque models seemed to be holding up well. One ginger gentleman, though, seemed to be wilting. “He’s gonna pass out in a bit,” predicted Jean-Raymond. “And he’s wearing the lightest thing. I’m just waiting for him to faint.”

Photos by Amanda Vasquez

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