Kick-starting day two of NYFW Men’s, NY-based buzzing brand Public School unveiled their SS ’16 collection at Skylight Clarkson Square with a collection of criminal lineup installations and monochromatic color stories. When doors opened at 10:30 am, the space was pitch black until camera flashes eerily revealed models standing behind glass windows, Nick Wooster’s familiar face among the crew.
Swarms of attendees excitedly enveloping each window with flickering iPhones seemed to reflect today’s culture—social obsession and media glorification of criminals feels incredibly relevant right now, especially considering the past year.
It could be argued that Public School’s presentation today celebrated criminal culture—a perspective that many guests likely processed. One model wore golden grills, proudly baring his shiny chops to camera lenses; another model hid his face, as if his character was embarrassed to be in this fictional sticky situation. This is certainly an easy critical angle to affirm, but you couldn’t help but give into the show’s deeply cinematic grandeur.
“Number one, step forward,” asserted a booming voice over the sound system, offering a thoughtful way to individually showcase Public School’s clothing this season. Some tableau lineups were all black, while others were all white—color clearly wasn’t in the SS ’16 cards for designer duo Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne.
Silhouettes were boxy with straight-lined jackets styled over matching shirts, wide-legged, below-the-knee shorts, platform shoes and calf-high socks. Tailored separates looked effortlessly cool, ignoring traditional standards and edging toward a fresher, more approachable future of dressy menswear. There’s definitely a reason why Public School continues to be loudly hyped by the fashion community and today’s charged showcase proudly justified all industry fixation.