It’s difficult to overlook Public School‘s rewarding of a $300,000 contribution from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund when examining the brand’s recent Fall/Winter 2014 menswear presentation during New York Fashion Week. If anything, designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have refined tehir focus, turning out sophisticated looks that were all about “turning old menswear patterns on their head,” according to Chow. The upshot: a tweed biker jacket with leather sleeve inserts or a pair of track pants in ombré-ed houndstooth. That’s not to say the brand’s street references had been completely banished; they were incorporated into sharply tailored pieces like a modern tweed three-piece suit and a parka finished in an iridescent green hue. Expert layering and a subtle monastic sensibility seemed to portend Public School’s ascension from emerging brand to one that has arrived.