Public School is how I remember and still think about New York City fashion—minimal and monochromatic. Most would associate the darker end of the spectrum for fall and winter, but New Yorkers find a way to make it work throughout the entire year. With a closet full of black, I’m always on the hunt for design houses that take my favorite color and translate it into wearable garments regardless of temperature. Fairly new and with a sophisticated nod to urban and street trends, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have finally made their introduction into womenswear.
While in its sophomore year of New York Fashion Week, Public School already has accumulated menswear awards and continues to do so. They’ve shown talent and drive for surviving in the industry since their 2010 induction into the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator development program, and still keep all clothing production within New York City. With so much praise to their names, I was curious to see how the pair would tackle the other gender, and was delighted to see that they are definitely on their way to dominating the interchangeable world of sportswear. While some feel their designs are more quiet than expected for spring and summer 2015, Chow and Osborne have a long and limitless future ahead of them.
Take a look at a few of the designs below from Sunday’s packed-house show. It was a sea of artsy prints, geometrics, oversized fits, boxy styles and my favorite, a monochromatic palette with splashes of blue for creating additional visual interest. I’m more impressed with Chow and Osborne producing flattering and classic cuts while keeping some urban edge, making their opening womenswear collection engaging to both the career woman and the streetstyle lover. With such a strong start, the fall and winter 2016 line will be highly anticipated, and I am positive we will see another round of solid design work.
--STORY BY MIN A. LEE
All Photos Courtesy Of Guillame Roujas and Nowfashion.com