Public School‘s Spring/Summer 2018 runway show at New York Fashion Week was an ode to the multi-ethnic and immigrant communities that form the American fabric. Thus it was only fitting that the event took place at the Canal Arcade, a Chinatown market of sorts that stretches between Bowery and Elizabeth street, which for decades has been home to Asian immigrant family-owned businesses.
Paying homage to the area’s signature style and motifs, Public School cooked up a pop-up space with walls plastered in Chinese restaurant menus and massage packages, and filled with classic souvenir shop goods — mugs, keychains, postcards, T-shirts and mini Statue of Liberty pieces — and the PSNY and Jordan Brand collaboration.
The runway itself extended through the Arcade hallway and onto the sidewalk, where models marched down in garments inspired by the local surroundings — large laundry-bag check-prints, bodega style shopping bag smiley face motifs with the phrase “Come again” and Air Jordan 15s covered in protective plastic. A$AP Ferg, Fabolous and Russell Westbrook were amongst those in attendance.
Flip through the backstage images at Public School’s Spring/Summer 2018 runway show and stay up to date with our New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 coverage.