Public School Hired as New Creative Directors of DKNY

Rumors have been consistently circulating over the past month on the next move of Donna Karan, legendary designer of the eponymous brand, who has hinted at leaving her offshoot DKNY in the hands of a new creative director. Those rumors have come to fruition this morning with the announcement of the in-demand up and comers, and MADE Fashion Week superstars, Public School taking the reins of DKNY.

Public School, the design duo of Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, have established themselves as one of the most lauded brands working in fashion today. After meeting while working together at Sean John, they founded Public School in 2007 as a label exclusively focused on menswear. They have since expanded to include womenswear and a rapidly expanding customer base, one that can include the likes of Anna Wintour as one of its foremost fans. Public School can count among its accolades the 2013 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year as well as receiving the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize in the same year.

Chow and Osborne seem the perfect choice to head such a New York-centric brand. “We both grew up in New York and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city in our formative years as designers and New Yorkers,” they said in a press release, “It is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion.” Both Chow and Osborne’s appointment as new creative heads is effective immediately, and they have said that their first work with the brand will be womenswear with menswear soon to follow, as well as continuing to create collections under their home brand of Public School.

While it may seem bittersweet to bid Karan farewell, she is more than excited about the next chapter in the life cycle of her brand. “I started DKNY with the goal of creating a brand that captured the best of New York,” she said in a press release, “Now is the right moment for its evolution.”

Photo by Koury Angelo

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