NYFWM: Public School NY Debuts Spring "Lineup"

Public School Men's Show SS16 - H 2015
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Public School Men's Show SS16 - H 2015

“We just wanted to keep everyone the same to promote the message that we’re all the same, lined up, side by side, no better no worse,” said Public School designer Dao-Yi Chow of the police box presentation.

“I’ll be a handbag for the next couple of days,” joked actress Gabrielle Union about supporting her husband, Miami Heat player and CFDA ambassador Dwyane Wade, on Tuesday morning at the Public School spring/summer 2016 presentation during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. (The couple had four more shows that day, and were then off to China, where Wade is releasing a shoe and fashion line, said the actress.)

“We’ve been friends with them since they launched, and they’ve been supportive of us, and we’ve been of them,” she later said of Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow. “It’s been dope to watch them grow, and each collection has just gotten bigger and better than the next. They’re brilliant and cutting edge, cool, good dudes — and I’m loving the lineup situation.”

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The presentation featured five installed police boxes, where models and an array of non-models, including fashion insiders Nick Wooster, Waris Ahluwalia and George Lewis Jr., better known as Twin Shadow (who later shared at Calvin Klein Collection that he had contributed to the show's soundtrack), stood side by side and took turns walking forward in the style of a police lineup.

“The inspiration is this idea of unity represented with our classic Public School uniform set against this backdrop of a police lineup, where you would normally see a group of people who are contextualized and marginalized,” explained designer Dao-Yi Chow. “We just wanted to keep everyone the same to promote the message that we’re all the same, lined up, side by side, no better no worse.”

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Those who stopped by in support included the L.A. Lakers' Nick Young, British Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton and fellow CFDA ambassadors singer Joe Jonas, NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and Glee actor Darren Criss.

“This is me trying to sit at the cool kids' table and hope they might let me hang out at their cool party,” said Criss, after meeting the designers for the first time. “The idea is to always hang out with people who are smarter, more talented and cooler than you, and hopefully, by some grace of osmosis, you can get some of that on you.”