That’s a wrap

New kids on the DKNY block pro­duce a su­per­cool first col­lec­tion

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | News -

One of New York’s coolest de­sign duos—dao-yi Chow and Maxwell Os­borne of hip streetwear brand Pub­lic School—have taken the helm at DKNY fol­low­ing Donna Karan’s de­par­ture. Their first col­lec­tion proves they are in­tent on tak­ing the brand in a fresh new di­rec­tion. The duo’s back­ground in menswear de­sign is ev­i­dent in the mas­cu­line spin they put on DKNY’S New York city cool, with broad-shoul­dered, wide-lapel pin­stripe blaz­ers, and a range of de­con­structed power-suit looks. The pin­stripe theme con­tin­ues with sheer stripes and ver­ti­cally ribbed knits, shirt dresses and pa­per-white tai­lored pieces. In 1989, when Karan launched her “seven easy pieces,” the fo­cus was on cre­at­ing time­less clas­sics for the New York woman—ones that Karan re­ferred to as “clothes” rather than “fash­ion.” Al­though Chow and Os­borne’s col­lec­tion is less fo­cused on sim­ple sta­ples, there is a def­i­nite prac­ti­cal vibe that per­me­ates through­out. The de­sign­ers ad­mit they’re still learn­ing who the DKNY woman is—but if the first col­lec­tion is any­thing to go by, the next-gen­er­a­tion DKNY gang looks set to be edgier and more an­drog­y­nous, with the beat­ing heart of New York City re­main­ing at its core.

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