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Public School’s ascension to fashion’s main stage was all but assured when it took home the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear in May. But Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow haven’t lost their under-the-radar sheen. Their crowd may be larger than it used to be, but it’s still got the feel of an upstart gang, which made them a natural choice when W Hotels was looking for a design counterpart to the kickoff of its summer music series W Gangs of New York. Tonight, in an homage to the cult 1979 film The Warriors, where rival gangs fought for control of New York, rival bands including Yeasayer, the Virgins, and Grandmaster Flash will face off. And because no gang is complete without a uniform, Osborne and Chow created eight exclusive denim jackets and vests for the occasion, which will be sold as part of the designers’ younger Black Apple diffusion label. “We were immediately drawn to the New York story of The Warriors, of course,” Chow explained, “but what really resonated was this idea of a group of friends surviving in the big city and trying to make a name for themselves. That’s essentially our story.”
“The movie had this amazing energy, beauty, and grit all clashing together,” Osborne added. ” We thought, that’s what Black Apple is! That’s the same energy we tried to communicate through these jackets. We wanted that clash.” The clash continues—musically, at least—Sunday nights all summer long as the live performance series continues, but the jackets are limited to 8 pieces.
Black Apple’s Warriors jackets will be available from tomorrow, July 10 on W Hotels’ website. Prices start at $250.
As a member of the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator program, WHIT designer Whitney Pozgay was sent on an inspiration trip to Bali. Here, she shares the details of her tropical adventure exclusively with Style.com.
As part of the CFDA’s partnership with W Hotels, we traveled to Bali for inspiration and were humbled by the experience and the unending parade of artistry. Drive anywhere on the island and your head will spin—there’s so much to take in. We were joined by our two buds Marcy Roberts and her husband, photographer Greg Vore, who captured some special moments. The godmother of fashion, the CFDA’s Lisa Smilor, was also with us for the first leg of the trip. We began in Seminyak, a bustling beach town with lovely restaurants. On a day trip, we were given a tour of an ikat factory in a small village. It was wonderful to see such intricate weaving being done by hand. Then we shot up to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, where we wandered around winding streets, ducking into shops with expertly crafted carvings and textiles. After a relaxing jaunt to the north coast, we met my husband’s sister, who flew in from Singapore, and posted up at a villa in Keliki that was surrounded by rice terraces. We left Bali too soon; we fell in love and can’t wait to go back.
On our first morning, we were up before sunrise to see a temple on the eastern coast and got our first view of rice terraces.
It’s something to see a mass of ducks being herded across a busy highway. They obediently follow a red flag on a stick and spend their days in rice ponds.
Beautiful religious offerings are made daily and placed all around—so many you really have to watch your step. The contents of the handmade boxes symbolize the elements, a token of gratitude to the spirit world, and the hope of good Karma. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Whitney Pozgay’s Postcard from Bali” »
Accessories designer Reece Solomon likes to keep the stakes high. This time around, with her Spring 2013 short film (made in collaboration with BlackBook, directed by Jenna Elizabeth), she upped the ante with a game of strip poker. “We were intrigued by the proposition of a game, played by a group of people either during or after a party,” the designer behind the New York-based Reece Hudson label tells Style.com. “Strip poker became the obvious choice as it’s fun and stressful at the same time, and the ante of clothing created asexual, moody playfulness as well as an opportunity to showcase a woman’s bag as her most prized possession—the contents of which are so personal to her, that it’s less revealing to lose her clothes than her clutch, for example.” In the film, entitled All In, you’ll spot models Carola Remer, Codie Young, and Jamie Strachan, and actors Brady Corbet and Rebecca Dayan. The short’s other stars: Solomon’s latest bags, including the Bondage Miniaudière, the Rogue clutch, and the Bowery Oversized Zip Top Clutch (all of which land at Barneys this February). Before the film makes its official debut at tonight’s private dinner at the W Union Square (where the film was shot), Style.com has the exclusive first look at the teaser, above.