There are numerous people working in fashion today who are beyond proud of Public School's success, myself included.
I first met the brand's Co-Founder (alongside Maxwell Osborne) Dao-Yi Chow when he was Creative Director for Sean John. After interviewing Dao a handful of times, it was obvious striking out on his own was inevitable. Gracious, intelligent and ridiculously talented with a genuine urban sensibility, Dao was destined for success from day one.
Chow and Osborne kicked off their joint style vision with Black Apple New York, a diffusion line with ambassadors including a fresh-faced Machine Gun Kelly. They then hit the jackpot with Public School, first viewed as a streetwear line but nowadays looked upon as a top-tier men's and women's wear name.
It's been an incredible few years for the designing duo. Public School won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2013, the CFDA Award for Menswear Design in 2014 and the first-ever International Woolmark Prize for menswear this year. During this week's New York Fashion Week they're not only presenting the Spring 2016 collection for their own brand, they're debuting their first collection for DKNY as recently announced Creative Directors.
J. Crew's lauded Creative Director Jenna Lyons once remarked about the pair after their first formal runway presentation last year: "I think that clearly they have a large group of friends and people who support them, and when you meet them, you understand why. They’re so lovable. And because they’re so talented, it makes it even easier to love them.” We couldn't agree more.
Check out these looks from Public School's NYFW Spring 2016 show: