Who Are the New Designers for DKNY? 8 Things You Need to Know

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What you need to know about Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, DKNY’s new design duo with a Public School education.

Since the announcement that New York-proud DKNY would be heading up the search for a new designer, the gossip mill has been churning. Who would step in? In the excited whispers you could hear the names Dao-YI Chow and Maxwell Osborne repeated again and again — if there was to be new designers for DKNY, this is who we’d be excited about. Today (at about midnight) DKNY made an announcement to make it official: the duo behind Public School are the new designers for DKNY.

In a statement the duo spoke of their appointment:

“We both grew up in NY and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city in our formative years as designers and as New Yorkers. It is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion. It evokes everything our city was always about — energy, disruption, new thinking and transcending all boundaries. We are extremely proud and excited to be joining the company and to contribute to the next chapter of DKNY, one of the most iconic American brands created by Donna Karan, a true inspiration.”

So what do you need to know?

Diddy’s a fan

Max and Dao designed for Sean Puffy Combs‘s Sean Jean for five years.

The CFDA is a fan

The guys (as Public School) were a part of the inaugural CFDA Incubator class in 2010, won the Swarovski CFDA Award for Menswear, a CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and so on. So if you don’t know, now you know. Check out some of the sickest looks from the Public School fall 2015 collection shown at NYFW.

They get down with Jenna Lyons

J.Crew stocked a Public School collaboration shortly after the CFDA wins (I <3 Public School Boys tees? Yup, you’ve seen ’em.)
PRABAL GURUNG & PUBLIC SCHOOL A/W 2015 Fashion Show After Party
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Donna Karan is a fan


They balance each other out. Chow is a family man…

Here he is with wife Canis and son Azlan at the Public School FW15 runway show.
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…Whereas Maxwell is the party animal of the two

Here’s Maxwell at Save Venice this year.

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They’re jugglers

Between jobs as creative directors for Public School (both men’s and now women’s, which it introduced in February 2014,) Black Apple (the guys’ moderately priced line,) and DKNY, they’re going to have their hands full.

The long and short of it

Chow and Osborne are the epitome of New York new cool. DKNY’s spring 2015 collection (which is hitting stores now) was a celebration of just the same thing — real New Yorkers in honest to goodness cool clothes. It’s a perfect union, and we can’t wait to see what the guys do with the world of DKNY.

Watch a Face to Face conversation between Maxwell and Dao-Yi and Nick Wooster below.

BlackBook Presents: Public School & Nick Wooster from BlackBook on Vimeo.

Exclusive Screening of Daniel Arsham's Future Relic 01-04 at Tribeca Film Festival
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Cake, Art, and More Funky Hats: The 11 Best Instagrams of the Weekend

Here’s what you missed from the fashionable set on Instagram this weekend: Anna Dello Russo looking more trendy than you, ghoulish make-up, and of course, plenty of chic outfits.

This painting speaks to me.



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A “look at my cute outfit / I’m jumping” photo done right.



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An enviable Rosie Assoulin dress. 

“That’s why her [hat] is so big, it’s full of secrets.”

Most fashionable cake of the month.  



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Trippy mayne.



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#sporty #withit 

Mondays–am I right?!

Art with art. 

A very Tim Burton-esque smile.


Shop Cara Delevingne’s DKNY Collection Right Now

Cara Delevingne is so excited about her DKNY collaboration she wrote the press release herself, and it’s adorable.

WOW!! I can’t believe that some random, rough ideas have finally turned into my own collection!! Designs with my own name on them and in collaboration with the iconic DKNY brand. It is so wild to realize that it has been an entire year since we began planning this project together… goes to show that time does fly when you’re having fun!! I first started to work with DKNY almost 2 years ago. They always encouraged my design input, my personal style and my ideas from the very beginning of our working relationship. Our creative synergy only grew with time and before you knew it we were exchanging ideas for a jumpsuit. It was an organic process and it made sense. DKNY is urban and edgy but most of all, it’s individual! They truly embrace the weirdness in all of us, so you can really be yourself. I love to layer every which way. There are 15 pieces to play with—no rules, no “looks”, just opportunities. For me, it starts with the crop top. It’s essential. You take it from there. A sweat suit/jumpsuit (put it on, and you’re done.) My dream pantsuit, because you can boy it up, split it up or suit it up, when needed. There are tanks, tees, fun hoodies, track pants, a leather crop bomber TO DIE FOR!! And, of course, an amazing parka—an urban must!! When I first came to NYC when I was 15 years old and saw the DKNY mural on Houston Street, I was wowed. To me, DKNY captured the essence of New York and set trends for young people everywhere. I bought my first pair of DKNY Jeans on that trip. For Donna to trust my creative vision and give me freedom to design pieces I love is such a privilege. You’ll soon be able to get it on–line at DKNY.com, as well as in select stores. I’m thrilled to share it—and can’t wait to see how you make it yours.

xx, Cara

Some of our favorite Cara x DKNY pieces below, then shop the collection here before it sells out!

Cara Delevingne Wants to Take a Selfie with YOU

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Are you one of Cara Delevingne’s 7,479,151 Instagram followers? Would a selfie with Cara be a lifetime achievement in your book? If so, set your calendar alarm for noon this Saturday and run to Bloomingdales at 59th, (although, let’s be honest, you might wanna get there by 10 am). If you’re one of the first 25 people to pre-purchase a piece from Cara’s about to be released Cara D for DKNY collaboration, then that very selfie is about to be yours. If you don’t make top 25, the first 100 will receive a signed poster and a limited edition #CaraD4DKNY tote bag.

The collaboration was announced back in June and DKNY revealed that it is a 15-piece collection, which is “mostly unisex” and includes beanies, T-shirts and a leather motorcycle jacket with removable sleeves. Each piece has details that give it “a special meaning to Cara”. Delevingne is no stranger to the brand–she’s starred in multiple DKNY campaigns, and used Instagram, her favorite, to cast a select few models to partake in the campaign. Captioning a June instagram of herself holding up a #CARAWANTSYOU sign with: “I’m CASTING for a few lucky fans to come to New York City and model my new #DKNY collection in a special photo shoot with me. To enter, just post a pic of yourself looking fresh to your Instagram and tag #CaraD4DKNY and #CaraWantsYou”

See ya Saturday.


Come one come all @dkny #carawantsyou #carad4dkny #caraxdkny

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Guys! So, I created a sick special-edition collection with @donnakarandkny coming later this year, and I WANT YOU to be in the campaign with me! I’m CASTING for a few lucky fans to come to New York City and model my new #DKNY collection in a special photo shoot with me. To enter, just post a pic of yourself looking fresh to your Instagram and tag #CaraD4DKNY and #CaraWantsYou between now and 16 June. More here http://dkny.co/CaraCastingRules Must 18 years or older to enter. One entry per person/Instagram account. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. A purchase does not increase chances of being selected

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DKNY Hair Like Kendall Jenner Like FKA Twigs Like Chola Girl Style

via @popsugarbeauty on Twitter

Wet, gelled to the head baby hairs — one of the many hairstyles to appear on the models in DKNY’s spring 2015 show. Whether today was the first time you saw them, or maybe it was back in 2012 when FKA Twigs covered i-D, they’re starting to stick, and I’m starting to really like seeing them.

Maybe it’s cultural re appropriation… but I don’t have a problem with being introduced to cultural aesthetics that educate one group about another in a way we can get excited about — not just tolerate. Maybe it isn’t exactly aspirational to want to be associated with Mexican gangbangers, but maybe (maybe?) these introductions’ll help humanize us all.


Anyway, before I ever heard her music, I was in love with Twigs. Her aesthetic was and is everything. She made me curious about a hairstyle and culture I hadn’t been familiar with before… and regardless of whether or not I’d try it out (I definitely wouldn’t try out the lifestyle), I can appreciate it (the hairstyle).

So I was into seeing it at Celine last fall… and LOVE‘s fall 2014 issue photographed by Phil Poynter and featuring models like Kendall Jenner…

And also pretty happy about seeing them in the DKNY show.

So what do you think? Spreading culture or inappropriate misappropriation?

Wear Organza to the Gym, It’s Time

Photo: Justin Bridges

Ever since Chanel and Dior put sneakers on the runway — couture even — it’s been a mad dash to athletic-ize our work and play clothes. You can sweat in Givenchy, LPD, or Hood By Air to angle high fashion like Rihanna and Kanye West with a celeb-approved interpretation. Or take it to a pure New York place and go DKNY, who have owned the style of their home city of late. Check this organza jacket and logo hoodie. It’s chic and graphic, black and white — you’ll look killer in the office and you’ll kill it at the gym.

Nothing to sweat about.​

Kat wears Air Force 1 sneakers by Nike, cropped tank and ankle pant by DKNY.

justinbridgesdknyportraitKat wears Air Force 1 sneakers by Nike, Jawbone UP24 bracelet,  organza bomber jacket, jersey dress, and logo sweatshirt (around the waist) by DKNY.

Photographer: Justin Bridges
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair and Makeup: Margina Dennis
Model: Kat (Marilyn)

Special thanks to Pamela Bell.

Trends Out of Pre Fall: The Big Eight from Chanel, Alexander Wang, Belstaff, and More

Only a month and a half out – cue panic – from the new and improved New York fashion week, we can’t help but wonder what designers will bestow upon us this coming season. If the pre fall collections are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing an inundation of fringe, plenty of pleats and lots of lace. Plaids and floral will be prominent pattern stories, as will the black and white pairings that we saw this past spring. Big volume will remain a big player. And Bermuda shorts will make an impressive comeback.

(Above) Lace Resort

Seen at: Burberry, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone

Dark, dramatic lace could be found all throughout the pre fall collections.  This season’s lace felt romantic, sensual and not in the least bit girly.

BermudaTriangleBermuda Triangle 

Seen at: ALC, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders

Reminiscent of a schoolboy uniform from private schools past, Bermuda shorts came back in a more tailored way. Rather than being oversized and slouchy they were grown up – a crisp, formal approach to the menswear trend.

BlackWhiteCompare and Contrast

Seen at: DKNY, Donna Karan, Alice & Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez

The back and white pairings that dominated spring runways came back bolder and even more graphic. The contrasting colors felt distinctly harder, tougher, and seemed to harken back to the 1960s.

CowgirlsIndiansCowgirls and Indians

Seen at: Chanel, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller

Cowboy hats, boots, and fringe, oh my. Epitomized by Chanel’s show in Dallas, the cowboy trend was more apparent than ever. Fringe found itself on everything from bags to the backs of dresses and broad rimmed hats and over the knee boots.

InFullBloom In Full Bloom

Seen at: Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Alice & Olivia, Temperley London

A perennial trend, flowers bloomed bold and beautiful this fall. In pastel pink and brooding black, blooms were rendered in a dozen different ways. We loved the graphic interpretations as well as the retro inspired prints.

Plaiditude A Plaiditude

Seen at: Altuzarra, Belstaff, Rachel Comey, Thakoon

Cleaning up the grungy plaids of last fall, this season’s tartans are crisp and classic with a modern twist. Interpreted in new color combinations and shapes the plaid feels reinvigorated and new.

PleatsPleasePleats and Thanks

Seen at: ALC, Gucci, Tory Burch, Missoni

Pleated skirts in delicate swingy fabrics look simultaneously classic and fresh, especially when reinterpreted in silver metallic fabric or paired with sleek, minimal accessories.

sizemattersSize Matters

Seen at: Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler

Proving more is more. Jackets and pants in particular were given an extra dose of volume. Big, boxy structural shapes reigned supreme.

DKNY Teams Up with BaubleBar on Limited-Edition Baubles

Our favorite wallet-friendly jewelry e-shop, BaubleBar has partnered with our favorite digital-friendly fashion brand, DKNY, to launch a unique collection of exclusive gems for less. In addition to snapping up the collection, the site is also offering a unique styling experience, courtesy of social media maven, DKNY PR GIRL.

The DKNY + BaubleBar range features nine gold, resin and enamel styles available in vibrant colors to pair with DKNY’s spring collection. Pieces are priced between $40 and $320 and is ready for you to view and shop here

10 Cyber Monday Fashion Deals to Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday! Also known as the one day that you can spend unmentionable hours online shopping at work and not feel bad about it because you know that everyone around you is probably doing it too. It’s a time when top brands and retailers reward their computer-bound consumers with deep discounts across the web, creating the most convenient shopping experience, ever. Since this is also a perfect time to tackle some last-minute holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up ten stellar sales that are guaranteed to satisfy just about every fashionably inclined friend on your gift list.

1. AllSaints: Take 20% off all merchandise, including menswear, womenswear, and accessories when you enter promo code ALLSAINTS at checkout.

2. Shopbop: Spend $250 or more, take $50 off your order; spend $500 or more, take $100 off; spend $750 or more, take $150 off; spend $1,000 or more, take $250 off; or spend $1,500 or more, take $500 off. Use promo code BIGEVENT at checkout.

3. wonderMode: Take 20% off final purchase when you use promo code KZN6C2F1V at checkout. Deal ends at midnight.

4. DKNY: Take 28% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping.

5. Esprit: 40% off all items, including accessories.

6. Betsey Johnson: Take 40% off your entire purchase.

7. Ralph Lauren: Take 25% off reduced items, plus free shipping.

8. Adidas: Free shipping on all purchases, plus $15 off order $80 or more, $25 off orders $100 or more, and $40 off orders $125 or more.

9. Converse: Take 20% off all items, plus free shipping.

10. Nike: Take an extra 25% off clearance items with promo code ADVANTAGE. Sale ends Wednesday.