NYFW: DKNY Designers Just Want to Have Fun
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.
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?