DSquared2 Defies Convention in SS19 Collection

DSquared2 Defies Convention in SS19 Collection

See Dan and Dean Caten's mix of men's and women's head-turning looks.

See Dan and Dean Caten's mix of men's and women's head-turning looks.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

Futuristic fatigues seemed to be the theme of the DSquared2 show last night in Milan. While it was awash in camo-inspired army greens and neutrals, the fun-loving Dan and Dean Caten’s latest collection proved that even when the brand tries to blend in, it can’t help but stand out.

In the midst of the Milan men’s shows, the collection commanded attention with a mix of men’s and women’s looks emphasizing bold asymmetrical silhouettes and mixed-and-matched, on-trend accents.

There was nothing incognito about the collection’s various splashes of highlighter and holographic hues, splashed everywhere from the sleeves of oversized coats to the laces of super-chunky sneakers to the straps of cross-body bags. Indeed, the coed collection reflected a potpourri of menswear crazes, from mesh to neon to Western-style shirts.

Despite aligning with several current trends, the show stood apart with its calendar-defying outerwear; while super short-shorts have abounded this week in Milan menswear, from Versace to Prada, the DSquared2 show favored broad-shouldered coats and baggy pants. But given the show’s various paradoxes, from its mix of neutral camouflages and blinding neons to its emphasis on spring/summer layers, it’s clear that it’s Dan and Dean’s mad, mad world—and we’re happy to be living in it.    

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