Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dsquared² - Spring 2011 - Review

Three words to describe the Dsquared² spring 2011 menswear runway show: Cool, colorful, casual. The first looks were mostly blue, white, and khaki, but soon the palette shifted into high gear with all sorts of garments in neons. Dean and Dan Caten have mastered the outdoorsy man's wardrobe, switching their focus to a preppier customer while still keeping the laid back and light hearted attitude that is at the core of their brand.

In true Dsquared² fashion, a leather jacket is produced in bright yellow and its suede counterpart in bright blue. Though not something I would ever be caught dead wearing, these are pieces I could see their customer going ga-ga over. The Dsquared² man never takes himself too seriously, but cares about the quality and design of his clothes. Though their clothing may look a little odd at times, Dean and Dan are all about the meeting of drama and comedy in fashion.

On the other hand, there were definitely pieces in the collection that were wearable. My favorites were the navy fisherman's sweater, the rolled up white shorts, and the khaki double breasted blazer. High waited, pleated jeans were the dressiest garments in the collection with the exception of an oddly placed tuxedo and a shirt and tie (sans jacket) combination, both of which felt out of place in black at the end of a colorful, sportswear laden collection.

Dean and Dan Caten have designed a wonderful collection of mostly wearable looks mixed with just enough show pieces to entertain.

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