New York based designers Public School are back with another Jordan collaboration. Amidst the excitement of NBA All-Star weekend, Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chao released images of a new take on the Air Jordan 12. Following their all-black rendition last season, they are releasing a new “Wheat” colorway. Wrapped in a tonal sand motif, the sneaker is an obvious reference to the classic Timberland 6” Boot—a New York staple if there ever was one. The city-centric duo has once again merged street and luxury as only they know how.
Slated to drop alongside their Fall/Winter 2017 offering, which included graphic hoodies emblazoned with his Airness’ face, the brand continues to build their ongoing relationship with Jordan brand, reiterating Jordan’s influence on street culture. With a release slated for this summer, be sure to keep a look out for these, as they are guaranteed to go fast.
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Models: Out of Work Forever?
First Joan Didion for Celine, now Joni Mitchell has been revealed as the star of Saint Laurent’s new campaign. Let’s first take a moment to applaud the use of older women as campaign models. I love that, and hope that, if fashion can embrace women at any age, then Hollywood might be next. I’m just a little bit concerned for the bank accounts of models everywhere.
HRC Takes on Saks Fifth Ave
The HRC has suspended Saks Fifth Avenue from their CEI (Corporate Equality Index) in response to Saks’ insensitive handling of a lawsuit brought forth by a transgender employee.
Leyth Jamal, a former employee of Saks, filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 claiming she had been discriminated against, harassed, and subject to a hostile work environment based on her gender identity.
The department store argued in court that the suit should be dismissed because “transsexuals are not a protected class under Title VII” of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Tiffany’s New Same-Sex Ad Campaign Makes Us Happy
Because same-sex couples get engaged too.
Public School Wins the Woolmark Prize
Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, designers of Public School, are winning all the awards.
Marcia Patmos of M. Patmos with Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne
We have winners! Last night’s regional Woolmark Prize awards put Public School, a.a. antonion azzuolo, Ovadia & Sons, Timo Weiland, and Todd Snyder up against each other in the menswear category, with M. Patmos, Jonathan Simkhai, Nonoo, Rosie Assoulin, and WHIT in the running for womenswear. Public School and M. Patmos won in their respective categories, and will go on to create a merino wool capsule collection to present during the International Woolmark Prize competition in 2015.
For their win, Public School and M. Patmos will each receive about $47,000… at the end of International Prize competition dangles a $95,000 prize along with the opportunity to retail at some of the world’s best shopping destinations — Colette, Harvey Nichols, 10 Corso Como, MyTheresa, Saks, Joyce, David Jones, and Isetan Mitsukoshi.
M. Patmos and her winning design
Public School with their winning design
Photos courtesy of BFA
Fashion can be a fickle business, and as Tom Ford said at the 2013 CFDA Awards, if you’re not absolutely sure about it, you might want to try something else. Rising stars can drop out of sight (as CFDA winners Public School once did before this second, successful self-iteration, strengthened by the Vogue Fashion Fund and the counseling of venerated industry veterans), respected consultants and fashion directors can fall out of favor while at the helm of major department stores just as quickly as they can gather dedicated Tumblr pages (just look to Nick Wooster and his admiring legions of fans). So when two successful examples cross paths and reflect on the influence and talent and rise over time of the other, it’s worth taking a listen.
Nick Wooster recently announced his departure from his latest venture at Atrium, on his own terms this time – we’ve known him to be ousted from stately department stores for perhaps choosing the wrong words, and gone from a more wide-reaching store for being a bit too fashion – so it’s refreshing to hear this menswear hero will be making his own career choices now. The recently crowned Vogue Fashion Fund winners are as eager to watch Nick, and vice versa, as we.
BlackBook Presents: Public School & Nick Wooster from BlackBook on Vimeo.