Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have been on a hot streak as of late, from their upcoming Jordan Brand collaboration and CFDA Award nominations, to their capsule collection for the Red Bull Guest House and numerous fashion award wins. They are definitely two of the biggest young designers in the game right now, and others in the industry have been paying attention.
According to WWD, both Chow and Osborne are on the list of people being considered for a creative director position at DKNY. Donna Karan International's CEO Caroline Brown is reportedly "tapping into the young designer market to come up with a candidate for the role." Other names that are apparently on the short list include Prabal Gurung and Andrea Lieberman, neither of which had a comment.
Maxwell Osborne told WWD that he is not considering the position "at the moment" because he and Chow are focused on their work with Public School. His response was not a hard "no," and there was no comment from Chow about the rumor.
According to Fashionista, the move to hire a younger designer as creative director of DKNY is a common practice for the label's parent company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, stating that LVMH likes to "keep its eye on young, talented designers, and potentially hire them when it feels one of its luxury brands needs a refresh." The label recently worked with models like Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, and members of the A$AP Mob, so either there is a refresh underway, or it just made more sense to go with younger talent for those campaigns.