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NYFW: DKNY SS17

Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi debut a futuristic inspired SS17 collection.

Operation DKNY

Public School may be missing from the NYFW schedule but boys at the helm of the brand aren’t. Still secure in their positions at DKNY as Creative Directors, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi opted to keep the iconic brand on the traditional fashion calendar for now. Back in June the duo abandoned the fashion calendar and showed their own line’s Collection 1, and with their next show for Public School already set for December DKNY became the sole priority.

All Bark, No Bite

The show took place outside in the High Line Park. You could hear the music playing as you entered on 14th & 10th Avenue—the High Line sits on an elevated section of an old railroad. The front row was star-studded. Tinashe was there, the breakout star from Kanye West’s “Fade” video Teyana Taylor was there, Donna Karan and her injured foot were there. If the production was the bark then it was heard loud and clear, but would their bite be just as effective? Osborne and Chow’s inspiration was a futuristic place called “Neo Soho.” The idea came from a question the guys posed; In the future, what will define New York style. The good stuff, large leather fanny packs, a double breasted khaki coat, knit sweaters with cutouts near the shoulders and the white backless sweater. What didn’t impress so much was the parachute outerwear and tulle overalls, and parkas? The boys only have four seasons under their belt designing for DKNY and with the recent sale from LVMH to G-III Apparel Group they’re just getting back into their groove. Let’s hope the two stay in their Creative Director’s roles long enough to see if their bite gets any stronger.

Words
Nigel Isaiah
NYFW | DKNY SS17

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