DKNY has a new creative team

Donna Karan International announces Public School founders Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne as the creative directors of DKNY

By Andrea Tim | Published: 30 Apr 2015

New DKNY creatives
Photo: DKNY

New York-based fashion house DKNY has announced the appointment of two new creative directors: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne. Another senior appointment in the company is former Apple marketing communications director Hector Muelas, who will take up the newly created role of Chief Image Officer.

Dao-Yi and Maxwell are in charge of all DKNY collections. The designers, both born and raised in New York, are best known as the founders of the label Public School, for which they were won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2013. They will remain as creative directors of Public School while running DKNY as well.

"We both grew up in New York and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city in our formative years as designers and as New Yorkers," the pair said in a statement. "We are extremely proud and excited to be joining the company and to contribute to the next chapter of DKNY, one of the most iconic American brands created by Donna Karan, a true inspiration."

"I started DKNY with the goal of creating a brand that captured the very best of New York and could bring that great energy to the world," founder and chief designer Donna Karan said. "Now is the right moment for its evolution and I am so excited for the next chapter of this company working together with this new creative team."

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