We already knew that the Public School girl is a tomboy at heart, and after seeing the label present its spring 2015 collection on Sunday, we’ve learned that she’s also a team player.
CFDA Award (and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund)-winning designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne just debuted womenswear last season, but they’ve already honed in on what their streetwise New York City girls want to wear right now, which is a mixture of sporty separates and smartly tailored shirting, dresses and outerwear for their on-duty days. In fact, the spring show consisted of more women's looks than men's, allowing the brand to further explore (and celebrate) its new female customer.
The athletic influence came early on in the collection, with leather boxer shorts, graphic knits with thick racing stripes, mesh dresses and tanks that recalled schoolyard basketball, vests and pleated skirts, all done in a crisp palette of black and white. (This seemed to correspond with the clean white confetti that covered the runway and risers at Milk Studios.)
But a girl’s life can’t all be sport, which is where the silk shirts, long coats, blazers and tailored dresses come in. While many of these pieces could be considered wardrobe basics, they were anything but boring: A standard knit pullover (worn by Hanne Gaby Odiele) was "open sleeved," creating the illusion of a long-sleeved sweater draping over her bare shoulders. The trousers were roomy with drawstring waists; the silk shirt dresses were worn over shorts; and the blazers were double-layered. Long, collarless coats paired with a number of looks added feminine polish. The color palette progressed as well, and the designers incorporated graphic prints and flashes of electric blue into the collection for the first time.
Through it all, had that cool, urban sensibility that Public School has built its brand upon, and, with the addition of new, exciting elements, some hints of things to come. Could a Public School womenswear show have its own slot on the Fashion Week schedule soon? We wouldn't be surprised, but we would be pretty stoked.