It’s a new era at DKNY. In June, Donna Karan, a pioneer in power dressing, announced that she was stepping down as chief designer from Donna Karan International, the iconic label she started in 1984. Meanwhile, little-sister brand DKNY — synonymous with NYC and the go-getters who run (and party in) this town — was getting a new creative force.
And who better than Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of the haute streetwear label Public School? After all, the buzzy, award-winning New York natives are at the forefront of defining how urbanites want to dress today. So how did they do?
Whether they were paying homage to Karan’s sportswear-for-the-executive-suite legacy (she was cheering on front row!) or just refining their own pared-down androgynous aesthetic, Chow and Osborne sent out looks for a #girlboss.
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Each model walked out in some variation on sharp pinstripe suiting: from the standard menswear-inspired double-breasted jacket to a deconstructed blazer-come-dress over tailored shorts. Though the sheer lace dresses that closed the show were more bedroom than boardroom.
Despite the few daring looks, we’re interested to see Chow and Osborne step out of their comfort zone next season.