As we roll through our coverage of New York Fashion Week, let’s take a moment to peep what Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne’s Big Apple-based streetwear imprint, Public School, had in store with its FW17 collection.
Similar to the label’s SS17 off-schedule show, the label took the season to send an overt political message through a fashion lens. Chow and Osborne continued to relay their “We Need Leaders” mantra by slapping it on the back of oversized hoodies emblazoned with a photo Michael Jordan on the front, while Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” merch was reworked into snapbacks and cropped T-shirts that read “Make America New York” (a local shout out to the spiteful and anxious sentiments felt towards the country’s current POTUS).
Heightening the collection’s city-minded rebellion were the bulky, almost armor-like silhouettes and deconstructed touches applied to everything from plaid flannel shirting and toggle-tied nylon bombers to baggy sweatpants and long puff parkas. The black shearling jacket and quilted offerings were a particular highlight of mine, but the line could have done without the paisley-printed numbers in my opinion; they felt a bit forced and unnecessary.
Overall, this is probably one of my favorite Public School collections to date; clearly Chow and Osborne did themselves a solid with their recent exit from DKNY, because devoting time exclusively to their own brand permitted them to give it the attention it deserved.
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- Photographer: Eva Al Desnudo / Highsnobiety.com