The Public School show was a master class in how hip streetwear can also find a way to look urbane. Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne went with oversized silhouettes and loose layering designs that pushed just enough their unisex codes.
To an audience that had just come in from the icy cold city streets, each cool, yet warm and comfortable ensemble was a temptation; in particular, one tent-like comforter coat, all the floor-skimming fringe-edged scarves and the colorful geometric patterned jacquard hoodie and anorak.
The introduction of more color this season was a smart addition and the graphic motifs fit in seamlessly with the more familiar plaids and monochrome offerings. Although it was the designers' use of high quality fabrics to craft garments that got their start in the world of athletic wear, and which continues to give this brand such a strong sartorial spine.
Nothing in this show felt slapdash, unlike some of their contemporaries. Rather there was a sense that the duo has the big picture in mind; that of building brick by brick, show by show, a sophisticated streetwear empire.