It’s a different fashion landscape in New York now that Donna Karan has retired from her eponymous label in order to focus on her philanthropic interests, but the absence of Karan left room for new hires at DKNY. The sister label landed on the two designers behind the lauded hipster label Public School, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, to carry on Karan’s vision. In their debut collection for DKNY, New York natives Chow and Osborne addressed the needs of the working woman with a Spring/Summer 2016 collection that deconstructed and reinvented the classic power suit.
With a new spin on workwear on offer, the duo traded in traditional suiting for suit-influenced looks. They came in the form of sleeveless pinstriped tunics paired with matching long shorts, a double-breasted suit jacket that was transformed into a mini dress, jersey tank dresses layered with cutaway pinstriped skirts, and mannish open-backed blazers. Unfortunately, some of their city-scene prints looked outdated. Styling kept some of the more unimaginative looks from straying too far off the beaten path, but styling only goes so far. There weren’t enough new ideas or fresh designs to carry the collection through adequately, so it ended up being something of a disappointment for those who were expecting to see Public School’s well-known signatures.
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