Dancing Despite the Rain

Irvington, N.Y. — Roughly two hours after the start of the Pyer Moss Couture 1 show was delayed by lightning, thunder and rains of biblical dimensions, the designer Kerby Jean-Raymond darted onto the lawn of the white stucco mansion where the event was staged and passed out blunts.

Miraculously, if only briefly, the torrent let up. “Did you notice the minute he brought out the blunts, the rain stopped?” said Blake Newby, a beauty and style editor at Essence. “I’m not saying it was a sign. But it was a sign.”

Symbolism was rife on Thursday, both subtly and overtly. The importance was lost on few, for instance, of Mr. Jean-Raymond’s

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