Last week, design duo Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of the menswear label Public School took home the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund grand prize, comprised of $300,000 to help them build their brand and an ongoing business mentorship. As is customary for the winners and runners-up, Public School will now collaborate on a capsule collection for J.Crew, one of the fund's main sponsors.
Each brand gets the opportunity to design a handful of reasonably priced pieces for the national retailer, and more often than not -- especially in the cases of Altuzarra and Pamela Love -- they sell like hotcakes. Yi Chow and Osborne have officially begun working on their collaboration, and they took to their Instagram to share the news, which is where Lucky Magazine made an interesting observation.
In the teaser photo, the designers seem to be working with colorful stripes, logo tees, and sheer knits, which are a departure from their past collections. This left us wondering: Will the duo be branching out to womenswear in the near future? When Lucky tweeted about this speculation (embedded below), the Public School account not only retweeted it, but added some very optimistic exclamation points. We interviewed the duo back in July, and the designers mentioned that branching out into womenswear "in the near future" is on their to-do list, so this doesn't seem too far fetched.
Reps for both Public School and J.Crew had no comment when we asked about what types of items the collection will include, but promised to keep us updated as more details emerge. Watch this space.