Public School – Audrey Magazine

Public School: The Perfect NYC Street Style – Min A. Lee

Public School is how I remember and still think about New York City fashion—minimal and monochromatic.  Most would associate the darker end of the spectrum for fall and winter, but New Yorkers find a way to make it work throughout the entire year.  With a closet full of black, I’m always on the hunt for design houses that take my favorite color and translate it into wearable garments regardless of temperature.  Fairly new and with a sophisticated nod to urban and street trends, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have finally made their introduction into womenswear.

While in its sophomore year of New York Fashion Week, Public School already has accumulated menswear awards and continues to do so. They’ve shown talent and drive for surviving in the industry since their 2010 induction into the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator development program, and still keep all clothing production within New York City.  With so much praise to their names, I was curious to see how the pair would tackle the other gender, and was delighted to see that they are definitely on their way to dominating the interchangeable world of sportswear.  While some feel their designs are more quiet than expected for spring and summer 2015, Chow and Osborne have a long and limitless future ahead of them.

Take a look at a few of the designs below from Sunday’s packed-house show.  It was a sea of artsy prints, geometrics, oversized fits, boxy styles and my favorite, a monochromatic palette with splashes of blue for creating additional visual interest.  I’m more impressed with Chow and Osborne producing flattering and classic cuts while keeping some urban edge, making their opening womenswear collection engaging to both the career woman and the streetstyle lover.  With such a strong start, the fall and winter 2016 line will be highly anticipated, and I am positive we will see another round of solid design work. – See more at:

Images Courtesy Of Audrey Magazine Via Guillame Roujas and


Design & Fashion Writing

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A favorite story I worked on in the past:

It’s always about the fit, the flow, the cut, the fabrication, the trend… You’ve heard it in fashion reviews and articles time and time again, but there’s more to developing an understanding of why people feel a passion for design.  We re-visit designer Hanh Nguyen’s newest collections because there’s such a captivating thought-process behind her work.  It’s true all designers work towards creating an appealing aesthetic, and while some take inspiration from various cultures, it’s always more based upon current trend forecasts. Nguyen opens your eyes beyond a simple appreciation for worldly patterns and prints to the rich and nomadic lives of Mongolian natives. She draws on their survival in harsh climates as evidenced by the deep red tinge that stains their cheeks in a rather beautiful way during bitter winters. She finds life in a season that most would consider bleak by taking that rustic, deep red tone and imbuing into her Winter Garden Collection, and she notes each piece is named for resilient flora that continues to bloom in the coldest months. Winter is no longer meant for the lifeless, but rather the beauty that persists through. There are still sweetly hidden details on the garment signature to Nguyen’s design we’ve long adored.  Her hand drawn illustrations, quick splashes of lace and subtle seaming for contouring bring added character.  She found a way to bring the perfect degree of vitality to modern and minimalist designs, and we hope that the distinguishing artwork remains constant in future collections released by Hanhny.


What happens when I hit a block: start illustrating. SKINGRAFT has the coolest look book of images ever. I’ve never been one for classic fashion designs, I prefer the more out-there and unexpected. LA Based, but definitely with a New York Street feel, I can’t get enough. Drawn with a ball point, ink pen in about five minutes and now the block has removed itself.