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13 Feb

Public School Gets Political, Throws Some Shade At Trump At Fall 2017 Show

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Given the current state of affairs in our country, it was inevitable that this New York Fashion Week would get political. So far we’ve seen street style stars in statement-making pieces–from Dior’s Feminist t-shirt to jackets reading “No Walls Between Us” and the takeover of CFDA’s “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood” pins–but today, Public School used its Fall 2017 collection to send a strong political message on the runway.

Creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne debuted a collection that wasn’t afraid to challenge the sentiments of President Trump’s administration. Trump’s infamous “MAGA” slogan was redesigned as “Make America New York” and sweatshirts reading “We Need Leaders” walked the runway while a new version of “This Land is Your Land” played in the background.

First, there were the “Make America New York” hats and sweatshirts:

And in quite possibly the best fashion shade of the season, the side of the “Make America New York” hats featured the number “44 1/2” as a nod to Trump’s presidency.

Sweatshirts and jackets reading “We Need Leaders” hit the runway, reinforcing the designers’ call-to-action this season:

The message was clear @publicschoolnyc

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Backstage, models posed in their new statement-making gear with designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne:

@publicschoolnyc this morning 📸 @sbrackbill #makeamericanewyork #NYFW #FW17

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For the finale, models walked to a new version of “This Land Is Your Land”:

The show marked Public School’s official return to the NYFW calendar since creative directors Chow and Osborne ended their stint at DKNY back in December. And for the occasion, they certainly came back with a bang.

Hannah Kim
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