With Mary J. Blige closing the show by belting out tunes in a fuchsia brocade suit, Paris Hilton in attendance and a crew of sexed-up bikers and buff lumberjacks on the runway, this was exactly the kind of shy and retiring stuff we've come to expect from Dean and Dan. It’s safe to say their 20th anniversary show got Milan off to an appropriate start.
We were inside the HangarBicocca, where Anselm Kiefer’s monumental piece ‘Seven Heavenly Palaces’ was lit up by purple nightclub lights and Missy Elliott’s “Pass that Dutch” boomed out into the space, mixed with “Heigh-Ho” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Dean and Dan’s greatest hits:
There was some debate on the way to the venue as to what the theme would be this season. With the anniversary in mind, there was a show of hands for a high-voltage birthday party with boys jumping out of cakes as well as a hopeful vote for a birthday strip-o-gram themed collection, but as it turned out, the designers had a more retrospective, greatest hits idea in mind. Their Canadian roots were represented in mud-splattered jeans, shearling coats and massive fox fur trapper hats while their Italian biker obsession and love of rocker eveningwear came out in fringed bags emulating motorcycle seats and tuxedos adorned with white appliqué and worn with cowboy boots. #casualfriday