public school's sportswear vibes were strong for spring/summer 16
And so was the front row. Hello, Ciara and Common.
On Wednesday, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne will present their first collection for DKNY as the iconic brand's new creative directors. No biggie. So all eyes were on their latest offering for their own brand, Public School, on Saturday morning. The queue was long, the crowd was big, and the show space felt monumental. In the new official venue of NYFW, Skylight at Moynihan Station, near the distinctly unglam Penn Station, the designers had created a stark modern space with large white sculptures breaking up the bleachers (they looked like fallen beams or like the kind of striking oversized sculptures you might see at Storm King).
The clothes were similarly punchy. Public School's DNA is the stuff of pro athletes, but this season their female sports hero had done some soul-searching and come back a little older and more worldly wise. Blended in with the brand's classic takes on court-ready silhouettes - anoraks, slouchy dresses with drawstring waists and tennis skirts with origami-like folds - were flowing silk pants and tunics with subtle geometric cutouts. Pajama-esque shirts and striped silk brought some exoticism to the pair's very NYC aesthetic. And a delicate feather-like print was almost whimsical.
But that didn't stop the collection from feeling innately Public School. The girls wore chunky Teva-style sandals (strictly no heels allowed) and their hair thwacked back and forth as they walked the runway in tightly coiled spiral braids -- it was the kind of hairstyle you'd wear to win a Grand Slam.
Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photography Jason Lloyd-Evans