In today's edition of designer musical chairs, DKNY has announced Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne as its creative directors. It seems like the duo only just revealed their debut women's collection yesterday. That's probably because it practically was. The two launched their men's line Public School to critical adoration in 2008 before following a string of runway successes up with a women's debut in February 2014. In the process, they became one of the most buzzed about new design names in New York, joining Alexander Wang and Hood By Air as the city's young kings of street cred and cool.
Chow and Osborne, who reportedly beat out other contenders like Prabal Gurung and Andrea Leiberman for the job, will be responsible for all DKNY collections but will begin with women's before taking on men's wear. They replace Jane Chung, who had been DKNY's executive vice president of design since it launched in 1989.
Speaking from their New York studio, the pair revealed their excitement at the new role saying, ‘[DKNY] is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and American fashion. We are extremely proud and excited to be joining the company.’ They'll show their first collection for the brand during New York Fashion Week in September.