DKNY S/S 2016

DKNY S/S 2016

Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne make their tailored debut at DKNY

Mood board: Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne had big shoes to fill as they took over the reins at DKNY from the grand dame herself. Named as the label’s new creative directors back in April, the pair presented a debut collection that sought to bring a new dimension to a label that many New Yorkers have known so well.

Scene setting: In the spirit of renewal, Chow and Osborne chose to stage their collection in a white underpass of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Centre transportation hub – itself a new architectural icon of New York. The connective gallery, which features skeletal beams, much like the external structure itself, is part of Westfield World Trade Centre, opening in 2016.

Best in show: Under Public School’s watch, DKNY’s classic city-oriented aesthetic was revamped with shots of crisp tailoring. The collection was made up of riffs on clean everyday staples, such as white t-shirts, shirts and pinstripe suiting, which were deconstructed and layered together for a modern effect. There were also nods to the label’s 31 year heritage – a series of looks featured images shot by Peter Lindberg that appeared at the brand’s 1991 advertising campaign.

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