Kailand Morris Is On His Way

Kailand Morris Is On His Way

The young designer and model just got off an internship with Dior, and has big plans ahead.

The young designer and model just got off an internship with Dior, and has big plans ahead.

Photography: Mitch Zachary

Styling: ARYEH LAPPIN

Text: Brooke Kushwaha

Kailand Morris wants to be the next face of fashion, and he’s got a pretty good head start. The son of Stevie Wonder and designer Kai Milland Morris has had a love for fashion since he was 7 years old, and has just come off an internship with Dior. The 17-year-old is now teasing his own original line, with big hopes for the future. 

Morris credits his interest in fashion to his upbringing, visiting his mom’s shows at Fashion Week from a young age. Working at Dior, he realized that he had a specific interest in styling. 

“Every day was just a whole other experience,” he said. “I honestly have to say, styling some of the models, that was like, “Ok this is legit.” Every day was fun and had its own unique things. Honestly, once time came to style the models and put them in the clothes and see which piece kind of fit them the best, that was like a big highlight for me.”

The young designer cites artists such as A$AP Rocky and Pharrell as his style inspirations, giving a specific shoutout to stylist Matthew Henson, who has worked with Rocky on many occasions. 

“Henson to me is just up there with the greats,” Morris said. “His style...I got to speak with him when I was in Paris. He’s super cool, super nice. His style is just impeccable. There’s only so many people that I kind of get nervous around but he’s one of them. I was like, “Oh gosh, I’m about to fanboy.” I’m always scrolling through his page looking at his outfits because the way he puts pieces together you would never expect one thing to go with the other, but he just makes it happen.”

With several big projects in the works including his own line, Morris takes time to count his blessings. When asked to give advice to those who share his passion for the fashion industry, he reminded them not to short-sell their dreams. 

“Honestly, I would say no dream is too big to tackle if you have a passion for it and that determination to go after it,” Morris advised. “Nothing is ever too far of a reach to get. It feels funny. I was at the Kid’s Choice Awards when I was 14, 15 and someone was giving a speech like, ‘No dream is too big!’ and I was like, ‘Ehh, okay,’ but then when it came time to follow my own dreams I realized anything really is possible. Nothing is out of reach for you to get.”

Cardigan Marni, T-shirt Levi's, pants Louis Vuitton
Coat, Pants, Necklace Dior Men, Boots Raf Simons
Scarf Gucci
Top LOEWE, hat VERSACE, boots RAF SIMONS
Top Prada
Top and pants Gucci
Credits:

Make-up Artist/ Grooming: Angie Parker using Milk Makeup

Production: Abraham Martinez

Photo Assistant: Maceo Moreau

Fashion Assistant: Sam Knoll

 

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