What a difference a year makes. In only two seasons, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School have gone from winning the Swarovski Award for Menswear to being awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Menswear Designer of the Year. The brand beat out bona fide stars including Thom Browne and David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone, proving that winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was just the push they needed for their business. Chow and Osborne chatted with WWD after their win to talk about Rihanna’s tongue-wagging ensemble and future plans for the brand.
WWD: How late did you stay up after your win? Dao-Yi Chow: As we were recovering from last year’s Swarovski win, we were again caught off guard; we were so focused on being nominated and in the company of Rag & Bone and Thom Browne we didn’t think about “what if.” It caught us off guard and we were so surprised. Maxwell Osborne: I had Joe’s Pizza at 3:30 in the morning. That tells you I had a good night. D.Y.C.: Anytime you have Joe’s Pizza after a night, it’s a good night.
WWD: You beat some very established designers. D.Y.C.: It feels unbelievable and just again, being nominated alongside those guys and looking at their body of work makes us want to do better and work harder and hopefully one day we will be in their shoes and have the business they have with stores and retail, and everything that comes along with establishing a brand. They motivate to get us going.
WWD: Do you consider yourselves established after winning this award? M.O.: A bit, but now we feel more respected from everyone from the CFDA members to the overall industry itself with people wanting us to succeed and do well.
WWD: Why do you think you received the big award in a year’s time. What changed? D.Y.C.: Certainly a lot of hard work and having a great team and having great mentors who believe and support. There’s something happening culturally with fashion and that we somehow speak to and people can relate to. The timing of it is just good for us and all of those things combined can contribute to it. But who knows? We are just really blessed and fortunate to be in this situation. Now more than anything, the win confirms in our mind just to really run with it, not to fight the disbelief but seize the moment and the opportunity and work towards that bigger goal.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye