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NYFW: DKNY Designers Just Want to Have Fun

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A model on the DKNY fall 2016 runway.

Seeing the debut of their cheeky new sweaters, it looks like creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne are having a blast.

DKNY creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne — who debuted their first collection for the label in September 2015 — wrote on Wednesday's show notes: "We just want to have fun."

Indeed the designers weren't afraid to live it up, building upon their last season's range of pinstriped pieces, sheer T-shirt dresses and menswear-inspired blazers. For their fall 2016 collection, Chow and Osborne took their basics to the next level with a jumpsuit made of black wool gabardine and silk, a bright red slip apron dress featuring criss-cross laces and burgundy overalls paired with a tee that read "INSERT LOGO HERE."

DARE TO DKNY: Models on the DKNY fall 2016 runway. (Photos: Getty Images)

As the dynamic duo wrote in their letter, they were "inspired by strong girl bands from the '90s who were able to show sexuality with a tomboy feel."

The show featured a star-studded front row with Jennifer Hudson, DJ Mia Moretti, Indian-American actor Waris Ahluwalia, J.Crew's Jenna Lyon, designer Prabal Gurung and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi.

"I love the minimalist black with straight-forward utilitarian kind of style — it's so me," Shahidi, who was in the Big Apple to talk to advertisers about the importance of diversity in media, said of DKNY's brand.

Her favorite moment from the runway? "I love the sweatshirts at the end," she said.

Those sweaters included phrases that shared the same DKNY acronym: "Dazed Kids New York," "Don't Knock New York" and "Designers Know Nothing Yet." Or do they?

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