Public School

By
Photography Christopher Gabello

Published September 8, 2014


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On Sunday morning at Milk Studios, perennial fashion disrupters Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow showed Public School’s  men’s and women’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

Fresh off its monumental CFDA Award win last June, Public School treated the audience to the team’s signature ingredients: a hyper-controlled, black-and-white palette (leavened this season with Yves Klein blue and frenetic-chic prints from artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic), hipper-than-thou silhouettes, and layering. Wherever they go, the cool kids follow, from editors and photographers, to models and musicians. 

Sure, Miguel, Joe Jonas, Luke James, and Will.i.am were all guests, but it was George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow, who had everyone’s eyes glued center stage. His electro-new-wave-pop sounds are a fresh take on disco-era Niles Rodgers. His new look,  meanwhile, is tinged with a dose of danger, witness his expertly tailored ivory shorts-suit and black accessories, including the new soldier hat also worn by the models. “Max and Dao told me I was a muse for one of their first collections, so the collaboration was really organic,” Twin Shadow remarked. “Fashion and music are two codes that don’t exist without each other.”

Osbourne and Chow offered a neatly edited riff on their ultra-hip sportswear, infused with subtle militaristic flair. The designers’ co-ed, city-dwelling army donned intarsia knits made to look like basketball jersey netting, starched MD smocks and shorts, and a group of calf-length coats over static-printed minidresses with sly tummy cutouts, as seen on the closing model, Jessica Stam. Rounding out the collection were contrasting flatform creepers and sandals, oversize jumpers, and the most covetable cotton coveralls of the season.

For more from New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015, click here.