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Public School: Back to black

Public School: Back to black

Public School's designers think the colour black emits power.

Design duo Messrs Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne helm the New York brand, and were also recently named as the new creative directors at DKNY.

On top of all this they've launched a capsule collection on Mr Porter, and spoke to the website about what styles and ideas influence their designs.

“Black for us is just… it’s such a powerful colour,” Messrs explained. “At the same time it’s an anonymous colour. We like the idea of allowing ourselves to disappear in clothes, or to make a strong statement. And either way… black sort of says, ‘Listen, you do your thing, I’ll do my thing.’ That’s the allure of black to us.”

The two friends started their label after working together at Puff Daddy's clothing line Sean John and launched Public School in 2008.

Since then they have bagged countless accolades, including the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and 2015's International Woolmark prize for menswear.

Known for its street style, Messrs explains Public School is more than just looking cool.

"When we say we fuse fashion and street, that’s more the idea that the word ‘street’ is interchangeable with the action of people. People who are walking where they need to go. For us it really is about being comfortable – something that promotes this idea of movement, something that’s versatile.

"Something that’s non-traditional in the sense of they’re not denim," he said of a pair of grey trousers. "They’re not straight-leg trousers, but there’s some shape to them, some performance to them. But they’re a little bit roomier, in the waist.”

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