Louche and loose, the guys and dolls of next summer have a penchant for leather, 50s silhouettes and making trouble on summer vacay. Hair gelled back and dressed in black with jaunty leather caps, neck scarves and pointy winkle picker boots loaded with Western buckles, their goth style gets a sunny injection when they roll into Hawaii. Their signature bad boy and girl looks garner new layers picked up from the tropical surrounds.
Biker leather pants and calf hair leopard-spotted jackets are mixed up with Hawaiian prints on shorts, shirts and denim jackets. Slick black 50s pieces are contrasted with denim and pastel in their holiday wardrobe. An oversized leather cardigan is worn on top of a bonded double-face leather polo with stripes, gossamer fine tulle sleeveless T-shirts are trimmed with ruffles. A satin bomber jacket shimmers, from its colorful floral design defined in tonal sequins – the sleeves profiled in a row of the same Western buckles on the boots. Sweatshirts feature soft leather sleeves. The K-Way and Dsquared2 collaboration continues with waterproof covered K-Way denim shorts constructed with side zips. A series of pastel shade 50s style prom tuxedos feature ruffles on the shirt and coordinating bow ties and lapels.
A bad scout theme is woven into the looks courtesy of cotton drill shirts appliquéd with special badges for wayward adventurers, one is for pitching a tent on mountain top, the other, hard liquor drinking games. Accessories for camping in the great outdoors, include a frypan and metal cup are tethered to an oversized patch-decorated backpack.
Dsquared2’s cropped narrow pant silhouette is mixed with a feminine retro shape for the women’s lineup. Hawaiian prints appear on soft leather pants, jackets and miniskirts, worn with slouchy biker jacket in leopard print calf hair. Short and flirty full tulle skirts and dresses are layered with K-Way hooded jackets covered in transparent plastic. The Western style buckles from the men’s boots trim a zip-up bodice dress, appear in rows on jackets and sweatshirts and at the top of a hybrid bootie that melds a bukled goth boot with a flip flop. Floaty long tulle skirts are swathed in ruffles. Multi-dimensional flowers are attached to black ribbons for chokers and bracelets.
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Hotfooting out of the city to hike the Canadian winter mountains, the Dsquared2 men and women of Fall Winter 2017 are taking a new style attitude to the slopes. Glamour meets grunge “GLUNGE” in a big and bold lineup constructed with the essence of Dsquared2. For the debut co-ed show, men’s and women’s looks are designed coequal. Opulent, feminine and rugged details appear in lookalike pieces.
“We created a look for him and her, and her and him. She wears bouquets of flowers on her dresses, he wears them printed on his shirts and jackets; his long knit over a shirt which is also her look. For our first co-ed collection guys and women are style equals, glamorous mountaineers,” Dean and Dan Caten.
Oversized outerwear is constructed from a mash-up of the brand’s signatures. A down coat is also a hybrid denim and canvas jacket. Shearlings are printed with flowers or cut into black-and-white vests. Calf hair dappled coats move with long fringes. Furs reveal intricate intarsias. Tough pieces have unexpected embellishments: check skirts and shirts are covered with a patina of filmy sequins, a chiodo jacket and cargo pants are embroidered with beaded flowers, soft kid leather pants feature tiny rows of ruffles, resembling undergarments.
Co-ed chunky knits and trapeze-shaped shirts in micro check, some melding knit and fade-out plaid are layered into looks. Floor-sweeping dresses in tulle or field of flowers print are detailed with ruffles and lace trim. A Morman influence is seen in a lineup of high neck, black velvet flock printed long dresses and coats. A new jean fit modelled on a ski pant, the Ski Biker, is cropped with a slight flare and tab detail.
A co-branding collaboration with K-Way® lends the iconic waterproof jacket new style and proportions. Voluminous and reversible, with Dsquared2 attitude courtesy of a magnified logo and zips, and textured, high-shine fabrics including an encrusting of crystals.
Accessories for men and women are identical, silk foulards knotted at the neck for both girls and the guys are topped with a beaded flower neck cuff to emphasize the three-dimensionality of the design. Cross-country ski boots feature steel details on the sole’s toe, trapper boots are fitted with lug soles and decorative jewels on their hiking laces and high knitted cap-hats glimmer with inbuilt crystal tiaras. A vintage style purse clasp bag is crafted in long Mongolia mink with a detachable canvas shoulder strap.
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UPTOWN MEETS DOWNTOWN ON THE DANCE FLOOR
Dressing up and crossing town to let it all out on the dance floor, the Dsquared2 woman of next summer is royalty on the streets of the 80s. Her look is high color, high glam mixed with marching band uniform details.
Adorning herself in symbols of luxe—animal prints, plush mink, sequins and ribbons, the Dsquared2 femme of next summer rotates a lineup of mini-dresses, bodysuits, skirts and glitzed-up denim. Every piece is laden with detail. Puffed shoulders decorated with grosgrain ribbon bows, top embroidered jackets, and mini skirts are finished with rouche bunches of silk faille.
Slinky mini dresses are lush in color and texture: silk shoulders, transparent bodices appliquéd with military-style black or gold bouillon, the skirt in contrast zebra stripes or leopard spots. Ornate embroidery work covers cropped bomber jackets: one features gold Dsquared2 house crests and gold metal lace ribbons and livery embroidery, another in leopard spots embellished with black beads.
Black diagonal stripes on skirts and tops are covered with gauzy chiffon. Sitting low on the hips, oversized jeans are cropped or long. Ultra-treatments including dappled acid-washes, white-out bleaching, rips and darns are glamourized in several looks with a coating of glossy transparent sequins or allover crystals.
Surreal-inspired motifs are hammered into enamel laden metal accessories topped with grosgrain bows. A jeweled eye, open lips smoking a cigarette, a cross and a heart are then crafted into earrings, brooches and decorative hardware on satin pointed toe sling-backs, and open-toe stiletto boots that lace up with velvet ribbons.
Diverse sized DD bags—in the collection’s sequin studded plaids, glossy satins and animal prints—have handles designed to link together. The new mini sized DD with a top handle is made for joining the party on the dance floor.
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Once a glamorous star, she finds herself in an institution with her wardrobe of magnificent things. Despite her dizzying mental state she is always dressed to the hilt. Perturbed and wonderful, Dsquared2 takes inspiration from this striking woman for the autumn winter 2014 collection.
Dramatic femininity is underscored with iconic 60s shapes of swingy jackets, short shift dresses, capes and cropped pants. Rich textures are found in mink inserts, python skins, feathers, paillettes and jewels, all symbols of her dazzling former life.
Decadent eveningwear has couture constructions: a narrow long sheath has a cape back, an emerald floor-length cape is covered with long black feathers, and a glistening matte gold and cream gown’s fluted bust is trimmed with a crystal bow at the waist.
Daywear is infused with lashings of drama and opulence. Evoking the structured lines of a classic nurse’s uniform, bonded white leather and stretch inserts are second-skin like mini dresses worn with double-breasted capes.
A felted wool tunic is inlaid with avocado hued mink. Jacquard silk pants with a shimmering lurex pattern are paired with a white fur top. Dense three-dimensional pailettes and jewels encrust mini shift dresses and matching jackets. Sumptuous furs are paired with nude silk lingerie and pajamas.
Detailed construction in a meshed silk nude mini corseted dress recalls an orthopedic garment. Emerald and teal glossy python skins are cut into long-sleeved short tunic and a cropped jacket with matching python pumps, hats and bags.
Brace like mesh and leather ankle straps accent sandals, revealing the same stiletto spiked heel as softly rounded-toe pumps. Another pump style with a squared toe, doctor bags and rectangle clutches are embellished with mink, plumage or jewels. A mini clutch with handles is encased in scaffolding-like metal. Felted round high hats with narrow brims are trimmed in fur.
Bracelets and neck cuffs are also styled like braces; other arm cuffs are loaded with jewels and connected to finger rings shimmering with stones. Oversized Jackie O style sunglasses come with clip-on jewelry over the brow, or sides and temples.
Their sparkle gives off a kaleidoscope of fragmented lights, the flash before her release back into everyday life, where the episode could have easily been a dream.
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#madlock Dsquared2 Men’s FW 2014
He’s a bad boy and it’s time to pay his dues. On the inside, confusion ruled by discipline with a glimpse into insanity. It’s a thug’s life, be tough, stay on the straight and narrow until parole.
Through the mad eyes of this bad boy, Dsquared2 takes inspiration for its fall winter 2014 collection from the unique world of a correctional institute. The unconventional influence lends motifs, colors and attire of life behind bars, via the uniforms of the inmates and those who patronize them: prison guards, psychiatrists, priests and lawyers.
The style story that unfolds begins with a simple cotton tunic and pants – mandatory clothes of someone being committed. Intense prison orange – the hue that makes escape difficult — quilted nylon teamed with worsted wool jackets fitted with zippers that converts into a new “pieces”.
Dsquared2’s DNA, mastery in denim and leather, are key to the hard knock life looks. Shades of indigo and black denim are given bleached out, destroyed and ripped treatments, cut into a jumpsuit, or straightjacket-style jackets, some trimmed with buckles, and paired with curved baggy jeans.
On the inside, clothes are a size too big. Taking cue from this look, the silhouette is bigger, but reinforced with structure through heavy masculine fabrics. Double-faced felted wools make sleek unlined patch pocket coats. Jean jackets are bonded with felted wool. Raw cut black and white long leather jackets take on a rounded fullness with spongy jersey bonded interiors.
Leather and denim are patchwork accents on classic wool suiting, in sleeves, front panels and waistbands. Rough boy denim is mixed with elegant pieces, a brushed wool teddy bear tobacco car coat, another long coat in graphic panels of Bordeaux, white and black silk and wool, and cashmere knits.
Rigid shapes crafted from black and distressed gray leather, the doctors style bags are matched with thick black squared eyeglasses of the institution’s psychoanalysts. Ankle boots are heavy duty style signatures of the inmates and their guards. With rounded toes in black, ochre and prison yellow leather and layered leather or rubber soles. Knitted short tuque hats add a tough guy attitude.
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Our daytime Dames-Masculines arrives walking with sinuous swaggers thank to ultra tight mid length skirts. Fabrics carry a masculine air; tweed, pinstripes and wool. Apart from the occasional electric primary, the colors have been gently dusted down; Pink blushes, mossy greens, dark sages, smoky lavenders and nutty taupes set the tone. Hardwearing cloths are made luxurious with a rushed edging that’s threaded throughout the collection. Carefully placed touches of tortoise-shell, girly pouf bow ties, detachable pins, bejeweled buttons and glittering adornments make this daywear rich. Silk and camisole lace play peek-a-boo as undergarments beneath the rigid tailoring of these classic 40s silhouettes.
A boyish ‘Jazz Pant’ appears with a wide leg that slips down the tight to below the shoe. These trousers carry a marked waistband that lazily slouches accidentally-on-purpose off the hip, a fit that has been precisely considered to give these retro-dames a decidedly dynamic air. The pants come paired with the female version of the double breasted, Finely cut yet unlined Napoli Jackets, made by a men’s tailor and fitted for a woman’s body.
The final touch are layered crumpled socks and nylons that dip into shoes that carry those chunky heels reminiscent of dance shoes from the 40s. The bag accessory is a simple Port Perry with “boomerang” lines, in either astrakhan fur, patent leather or in the smoothest of satins.
The hats in this collection are a mix of the best retro Americana and Parisian styles from the early 20th century; The western-style ten gallon fedora, stolen from the boyfriend and a set of ‘cutie-pie’ berets in feathers and felt are easily recognizable, but watch out for the part baseball mesh net and part house turban, because it’s here that Dean and Dan have broken the mould.
There is a gasp as the evening’s enchantresses enter. All wear a ‘slip-of-a thing’; Floor length dresses, made up of webs of intricate tendrils that swirl about their contours. From these vines spring newborn leaves that are gently sprinkled with showers of diamante raindrops. These ladies of the night float forward in a froth of delicate lace. In a mist of ostridge feathers or on pillows of soft downy mink ripples. The are visions of pure sumptuousness, glamour and desirability.
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