Urban Highwaymen Unite at Public School

There is nothing not to love about Dao-Yi Chow and larger than life Maxwell Osborne and their cult menswear brand Public School, and we at Milk are dead proud to have these CFDA winners here in the MADE family. The brand might be relatively new to the scene, but the quality of fabric, advanced cutting techniques, depth of diverse—but subtly infused—references and focused fresh vision explains why their front row included Anna Wintour, André Leon Talley, Kelly Rowland, Derek Blasberg, Micky Boardman of Paper, Kristina O’Neill and Magnus Berger of WSJ, Bruce Pask of "The New York Times," Jenna Lyons of J. Crew, Joe Jonas and Swizz Beatz.

Today, Public School staged their first runway show; introducing a handful of women’s looks in an urbane hook up between their girl and boy partners-in-crime. This Bonnie and Clyde were intimidating twenty-first century luxury highwaymen on a determined night-watch mission to enforce a new unisex sartorial code where precision tailoring veers toward elevated sportswear.

They pulled off a clever tension between the simplicity of the pieces and multi-layering—it could have easily been cluttered, but it remained in perfect equilibrium. A scruffy, devil-may-care attitude came via untucked long shirts and relaxed pants, but evened out by immaculate tailoring. Think a double-breasted grey wool jacket over—rather than under—a slim overcoat for him—it shouldn’t work in theory, but it felt so right and new. For her? A baggy cuffed culotte, washed plaid shirt or enveloping floor length navy coat.

While their modern day bounty would lurk in the discreet pouches on washed black leather harnesses worn over outerwear, their quick escape into the night would be aided by the perfect modern sneakers —a thick white rubber sole topped by simplified plain dark leather and needle thin laces. If the devil is in the detail, then this duo’s dark streak came out up top. In addition to face-framing long black leather do-rags, the fierce black fedoras nodded to Hasidic Jewish shtreimel. This twisted Bonnie and Clyde are certainly married in style. It seems school’s in right now.

Photography by Anthony Cabaero, Joe Marquez and Chris Swainston

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