by Stephen Garner

Carmelo Anthony presented the inaugural collection of the STAYME7O Propel Program, titled Propel SS21 “A Black Future,” via a hyper-real 3-D digital show during New York Fashion Week.

Anthony collaborated with emerging and established Black design groups including Barriers Worldwide, DIEM, The Brooklyn Circus, Demestik, Ghetto Gastro, TIER & Shakira Jovanni to create a piece of clothing that honors their shared vision of the Black movement.

Derived from Anthony’s passion for sartorial creativity and his desire to honor the Black creative community, the STAYME7O Propel Program reimagines the cultural landscape and creative spaces where diversity has been underserved, starting within the fashion industry. This unique platform will focus on the movement for Black independence, freedom of expression, and how Black creativity always has, and continues to, move and change the world around us. This initiative champions not just emerging fashion talent but honors a vision of Black excellence that inspires a culture to create and move further, together.

Throughout the design process for the Propel spring/summer ‘21 collection, the seven designers considered their visions for a Black Future and what it meant to them. Throughout history, Black people have suffered and continue to suffer discrimination and systemic oppression. At a time of unquestionable change, collective communities must intentionally reflect and unapologetically reawaken the civil rights movement to create transformation and opportunities that for so long were withheld or denied to the Black community. Anthony’s goal for the STAYME7O Propel Program is to amplify the historically marginalized and underrepresented voices to address their own message and carve the future they, themselves, plan to progress.

The STAYME7O Propel SS21 collection featured in ‘A Black Future’ is now available for pre-order, and watch the presentation below.