Public School Fall Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection

by Melissa Tunstall

Photo by John Aquino, WWD.

Photo by John Aquino, WWD.

Public school kids always have a certain, hmm, je ne sais quoi about them. Is it swagger? Confidence? Style? Whatever one calls it, Public School’s ready-to-wear fall 2013 collection had it.

It’s hard to pinpoint the best words to describe the collection. It had touches of athletic wear, mixes of downtown cool, and even an almost Amish accessory. The long scarves wrapped under the hats would be perfect after a game of basketball or hockey. The skinny jeans topped with heavy wool shorts also seemed perfect for a sporting event. Then there were the touches of ombrés and bloussons and even button-ups. These garments mixed with the more athletic-inspired looks worked perfectly. Add to the mix, the beautiful jackets and top coats and the looks could easily go from court to bar. And perhaps, the fedoras with the leather bands weren’t inspired by our Amish neighbors, but they would be perfect for a Sunday buggy ride.

Even the presentation seemed too cool for school—even under the bright lights that the models had to endure. A cube of cool, if you will, which allowed guests to walk around the models and see the clothes from an incredibly up-close vantage point and even interact with the models.

The muted colors of the collection mirrored the vibe of New York winters. The collection can really be summed as just plain “cool.” Public School is definitely one to watch, and this season exemplifies it to a T.