Season after season, some of the top offerings are not sent out by seasoned women’s wear designers, but menswear vets that have been recently indoctrinated in the women’s wear world. From Jonathan Anderson (wunderkind behind J. W. Anderson and Loewe) to Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver and Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent Paris revival, some of the most innovative names in women’s wear are past members of the boys club.
CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award aside, the boys behind Public School have proved that they too, can woo the ladies. Designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow have a clear love affair with their city – and this collection injected the urban-centric offerings with a healthy dose of whimsy. Carwash skirts and ultra femme sheaths were followed by open-knit crewnecks and drawstring skirts. Osborne and Chow’s usual focus on showing the versatility of noir took a step back this season in favor of pops of color in shades of stark white, bold red and eggshell. In Public School’s second year of their women’s wear venture, the boys have proven they can consistently deliver minimalistic pieces that stay true to their elevated streetwear roots with the case and point a the bomber done in an ethereal linen.