2013 has proven quite the year for Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow. The duo landed a choice spot in the CFDA’s exclusive incubator, which no doubt helped them to produce the sort of bad-boy preppy goods that garnered them a CFDA-Swarovski Menswear award. Add to this that these guys totally look like they could be the cooler-than-thou models cast to strut their runways, and you have a recipe for brand success.
Those in attendance at Public School’s Spring 2014 presentation–everybody from Vogue‘s Meredith Melling Burke to Travis Gumbs and Joshua Kissi of the much-lauded blog Street Etiquette–seemed to be in agreement with this assessment, as they surveyed the tableau of “Public School Students” rocking this season’s assortment.
As the brand’s namesake conveys, the look is about bad-ass boys; still willing to take risks, still willing to raise eyebrows. This season they were in a broody mood, tapping that courier-style layering that has NYC dudes captivated right now; it’s all about long under short, legging under bermuda, thermal under vest…and it’s totally up Public School’s alley.
Osborne and Chow’s interpretation of the former layering concept came in the way of a “two-for” pant with a tiered leg that created the illusion of a narrow pant being worn under a short. The latter was achieved the old-fashioned way through the layering of a sleeveless, released-lapel vest over a tech-fabric sweatshirt proving there’s more than one way to sartorially skin the styling cat.
In keeping with this duality, the collection, though technically slated to hit stores for warm weather, offered a year-long range of wearing options. Though the guys at Public Pchool are brave enough to pursue their brand’s aesthetic with full intensity, they are also smart enough to realize that when “their guy” loves something, he loves being able to wear it “24-7-365.”