NYFWM: Public School Finds Inspiration in David Bowie
Designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow's fall 2016 menswear show, which had Fabolous and Swizz Beatz in the front row, saw high-necked jumpsuits and bold suits.
Rapper Fabolous, in a hot pink ball cap and satin bomber jacket, had barely taken his seat at Public School's fall 2016 show when the lights went down.
Immediately behind his row of spectators, a white floor-to-ceiling curtain whooshed open to reveal the formerly backstage area, and beyond, the big glass windows of Milk Studio with a throng of fashion students and other onlookers who were peering in at those of us on the inside. As the first models stepped out on the sidewalk and began their route, they followed along the outside of the building and rounded the corner, eventually emerging inside the venue on the runway that cut through the two levels of show seating before heading back out to the street again.
Designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow are streetwise fashion's men of the moment between designing their much-lauded line as well as the reboot of DKNY, and they did not disappoint as they expanded their typically black and grey palette to encompass olive camouflage, marine blue tweed and eggplant lined with orange for an anorak jacket. And they topped nearly every look with a wide-brimmed hat trimmed with raffia for a little uptown funk.
The designers also credited David Bowie as one of their inspirations and the quilted high-necked jumpsuits with tight leather tie belts were certainly in that vein.
Afterwards, Fabulous told us there were too many styles to pick out a favorite but gave a shoutout to all the pocket treatments. That was a favorite for us, too, seen in a drop-shoulder camel coat with oversize patch pockets, worn over a blurry-camo pullover shell and cropped grey trousers.