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Public School Designers Join DKNY as New Creative Directors

Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow

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There have been rumors going around that DKNY was on the hunt for new creative leadership and it turns out the whisperings were true. Today, the label announced that it’s chosen not one, but two young designers that, to borrow a phrase from Mugatu are “so hot right now.” Public School designers and industry darlings Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow are to lead the DKNY label into the future.

Osbourne and Chow have been getting a lot of love from the fashion set, winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2013, taking home the CFDA Award for Menswear Designer of the Year in 2014 and snagging the International Woolmark Prize for Menswear in January. It seems the pair, who are nominated for two CFDA Awards this year – the same prize they won last year — and a Swarovski Award for womenswear simply can’t miss.

Starting now, Chow and Osbourne will take over DKNY’s collections. “We both grew up in New York and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city in our formative years as designers and New Yorkers,” Chow and Osbourne said in a statement. “It is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion. 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 brands created by Donna Karan, a true inspiration.”

The design duo will be working on both womenswear and menswear and are expected to debut their first women’s collection for the label during New York Fashion Week this September. We can’t wait to see what they whip up.

[via Vogue UK]