From Left to right: Designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow.


This morning Donna Karan International (DKI) announced that Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the founders and creative directors of high fashion streetwear brand, Public School have been named the new Creative Directors of DKNY — one of the most iconic New York City labels.


“DKNY has always been a part of the landscape of the this city in our formative years as designers and as New Yorkers. It’s one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion,” Chow and Osborne said in a statement.


Now it’s time for the “It” urban designers to help bring fresh energy to the brand. In the past few years Chow and Osborne have won a string of accolades including the CFDA award for Menswear Designer of the Year in 2014 and, most recently, the 2014/2015 International Woolmark Prize.


To help DKNY stand out in the contemporary market, Donna Karan International also created a Chief Image Officer position for Hector Muelas — formally of Apple.


“Our new creative team has a solid platform to re-energize and redefine what authentic New York means for DKNY right now given today’s world of fast living, extreme innovation and global competition at the highest level,” said Caroline Brown, CEO of DKI.


The big reveal will happen during New York Fashion Week in September. And don’t worry Public School fans, Chow and Osborne who continue to design the line.