“Classics” as a clothing category is subjective. One man or woman’s cable knit crewneck is another’s sweatshirt or parka. For resort, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne wanted to focus on what they consider the classics of their own youth, growing up in Nineties New York. “We were talking about perfect forms from our everyday lives,” Chow said. “Things you don’t really need to change so how do you make a perfect form better or change the functionality?
A Windbreaker hoodie became a dress. A cotton twill trench became a cropped jacket and separate skirt. A gray sweatshirt was refashioned as a dress with oxford shirt sleeves. And tear-away track pants were cropped and dressed up in green cotton twill. The collection had the street attitude for which Public School has become known but Chow and Osborne kept it sharp. The casual, athletic roots of nylon and track jackets got chic upgrades, the former as a striped sundress, the latter luxe leather jackets in black or red and navy. As their women’s business grows — it’s already bigger than the men’s — the designers are increasingly focused on a female point of view. Thus they’re trying to make a melting floral print a signature. Chow said resort is a precursor to the upcoming spring collection, so expect to see their work on perfect forms from Nineties New York elaborated come September.
See more from the 2018 Resort Collections:
Carolina Herrera Resort 2018: For resort, Carolina Herrera explored the language of flowers, both literally and otherwise.
Victoria Beckham Resort 2018: Victoria Beckham’s resort 2018 lineup was a true trans-seasonal collection of refined clothes for everyday.
Mugler Resort 2018: David Koma imagined clothes for a modern, sexy superhero for Mugler’s 2018 resort collection.
Lilly Pulitzer Resort 2018: Lilly Pulitzer is known for having resortwear 365 days a year, so for resort 2018, the collection was based around living in that Palm Beach paradise.
Prabal Gurung Resort 2018: The works of London-based Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj informed Prabal Gurung’s resort collection.