It’s a big responsibility to outfit your stores in Cannes and Kiev, Mykonos and Miami, Paris, Hong Kong, London and New York with clothing and accessories loud enough to satisfy the accelerated demands of the international army of the ‘fresh.’ Dean and Dan Caten have orchestrated the growth of their world-renowned Dsquared2 brand since its inception in 1995 with extravagance, studs, neon, beading, embroidery, padding, leather, denim, silk and satin – and everything in between, with unending fashion forward relevancy. Far from a quiet storm, the boys have dressed celebrities and designed clothing for their world tours and their Milan fashion shows are always spectacles of high energy.
The designers set the beat of the streets, and in their men’s spring summer 2019 fashion show a military theme takes center stage, but that trend is far from the only message D&D declares. The designers showed a capsule women’s collection during the men’s show. The women wore battle fatigues, cargo pants and vests, as did the men.
From the world of traditional woman’s foundations the designers introduced de-constructed corsets and lingerie, that draped from one shoulder, appeared under layers, and poured down from the torso, sometimes with just the continuation of a strap or closure. The inner splicing of a floral jacquard into women’s cargo pants and men’s parkas soften the distinction of warrior and warrior-princess even further. The collection is all about the mix, a mix that is shaken not stirred. Tracksuits and retro-inspired sportswear, some crafted in soft leathers, are color-blocked with fluorescent stripes. Reflective piping and some traditional houndstooth are added to the mélange for good measure. From the baggy to the fitted and the voluminous to the layered, each pieces, and in turn each outfit, offers multiple points of interest. The symmetry of the striping on the men’s pants is boldly graphic, energetic and invigorating to the traditions of the trouser. In addition to satisfying the demands of the label’s legion of followers, the Dsquared2 Spring Summer 2019 men’s collection introduced a strong foundation of infant trends.