September 15, 2020

‘A Black Future’: Carmelo Anthony’s StayMe7o Propel Program Launches With 7 Black Designers and a 3-D Virtual Show

By Maiysha Kai

With the weeks beginning to blur into each other months ago, many of us may have forgotten that this is, in fact, New York Fashion Week. While none of us will (or should) be gathering in-person this season to see next spring’s fashion trends—especially since we still may not be going out much, come spring—our new normal has presented some unique and innovative opportunities. As we reconsider our democracy as a whole, the fashion industry is also considering what the democratization of luxury fashion might look like, as it expands the traditionally exclusive realm of runway presentations to broader demographics and visions. Incubators, councils and new collaborations abound, making this Fashion Week potentially one of the freshest and most creative in many years.

If that sounds optimistic, one can only hope. As Toni Morrison wrote during the election season of 2016, in dark eras like the ones we are currently living through, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”

With that in mind, we’re looking forward to several creative offerings this week, the first of which starts tonight, Monday, at 7 pm ET. Fresh off the NBA Playoffs, Portland Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony presents “A Black Future,” the inaugural launch of the basketball player’s StayMe7O Propel Program, via a “hyper-real 3-D virtual show.”