The fashion industry is on its way to shedding its elitist vibe for inclusion: helped in large part by social media and the movement away from traditional runway shows. Public School pushed that transition along and really made their name mean something—opening their Fall 2016 Menswear show up to the public and their legion of admirers and customers.

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Today, their slew of models exited from the back of their venue into the main space: giving their devotees and onlookers a glimpse at the looks first. Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne were inspired by the late David Bowie and the 1976 British science fiction drama film
he starred in, The Man Who Fell From Earth. In it, the icon played an alien who comes to Earth from a faraway planet. His mission? To take water back to his home planet in the midst of a ruinous drought. Not completely unlike the circumstances of the present.

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The soul and attitude of the collection was thus steeped in endurance and thriving no matter what the elements. This essence was communicated by way of the brand’s sporty aesthetic: suede anoraks, simple zip-front bomber jackets, camo print, and turtlenecks boasting “Water” in contrast colors with a strike-through for effect.

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Utilitarianism was at its peak in a long camel overcoat that would work for year-round wear, a navy sleeveless vest for a seamless addition into any modern man’s wardrobe, clean layers, and a number of uncluttered and functional turtlenecks.

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The brand always finds some way to evolve with each season—establishing themselves as leaders in the industry without ever sacrificing their attachment and communication with the street. This assortment was wearable, but not so safe as to be boring or cautious: a great balance and schooling in how to make designs that a wide fashion-loving audience can appreciate.

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