One of the fashion industry’s favorite artistic twins, Dean and Dan Caten just delivered their most whimsical, exaggerated and eccentric Dsquared2 collection ever. Presented at Milan Fashion Week, the Dsquared2 spring/summer 2017 collection was so full of details and contrasting patterns that it was almost impossible to keep track of them.
Although certainly not suitable for everyone, as we actually expect many to criticize it, the Catens’ latest line-up treated us to a revitalized old theme we yet had to see: the Eighties. Although designers such as Gaia Trussardi and Antonio Marras did actually play a lot with Eighties-inspired motifs in their latest collections, it is in the Dsquared2 spring 2017 lineup that the most glam-rock decade of all got represented at its most eccentric best, with animal patterns aplenty dominating the scene.
Like most of Milan Fashion Week’s collections, Dean and Dan Caten’s lineup also put a lot of emphasis on the waistlines, with hourglass figures rhythmically moving in tune with the runway show’s soundtrack. For their spring and summer 2017 collection, the artistic duo couldn’t, of course, refrain from expressing the whimsicality the line-up exuded through music, with the soundtracks varying from house music to opera.
In the middle of such a variegated vortex of mixed inspirations and patterns, the models (who, according to Vogue, truly enjoyed the collection), the Dsquared2 spring/summer 2017 staples were presented in all their unpredictable glorious aesthetics, treating us to an odi et amo 39-look line-up.
Along with an almost omnipresent fil rouge made of the Catens’ signature washed-out denim, which tied the Eighties-inspired pieces with a more dynamic modern feel, the Dsqaured2 spring 2017 collection was all about exaggerated puffed-up shoulders, patchworks of completely different motifs, as well as an abounding number of little details that framed each one of the proposals with almost architectural patterns.
Such details also introduced us to the collection’s second major theme, namely the majorette-inspired look. Majorette jackets featuring elegant frogging and blouses, although heavily deconstructed, gave the collection its most coherent inspiration, as they also got often paired with pinstripe cropped pants or animal-print skirts.
Both the majorette-inspired staples and the puffed-up jackets helped Dan and Dean highlight the waistlines, while curve-hugging miniskirts and skimpy embroidered crop tops inevitably enhancing and elongating the legs.
Ruffles and cascades of frilled hems eventually gave a sort of eased-up twist to the entire collection, helping the textured, washed-out jeans, skirts and jackets look ready for the summer indeed. In the end, the Dsquared2 spring/summer 2017 collection also left us with a sort of slightly horror-inspired Circus tinge, which ironically come just in time for Halloween.
Photos courtesy of Vogue