DSquared2 Womenswear S/S11

Imagining a slumber party, Dean and Den Caten brought out sweet and girly looks, juxtaposed with academic preppy glasses, shorts and blazers

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Dean and Dan Caten’s summer collection for Dsquared2 was full of masculine vs feminine connotations. The show opened with a series of beaded shorts, blazers and cardigans, which were complimented by preppy glasses in thick frames. But the masculine feel that was characteristic to most of the collection’s tailoring was soon softened by more girly touches – a babydoll dress layered underneath a schoolboy jacket, a tuxedo waistcoat that was altered to create a seductive halterneck. A living room complete with a wardrobe added up to Dsquared2’s theatrical vision.

Dazed Digital: There were a lot of of tomboy accents in the collection.
Dean and Dan Caten:
Well, we wanted to create a collection that’s sweet and girly, but that also uses a lot of masculine elements. After all, girls look much sexier in men’s clothes than in dresses! The focal point of the collection were the preppy glasses though.

DD: What was the concept behind the living room on the catwalk?
Dean and Dan Caten:
We imagined our girls to have a slumber party. They go into the closet and come out in all different clothes. Although, you probably shouldn’t describe it as “coming out of closet” – that sounds very strange!

DD: What was your favourite piece from the collection?
Dean and Dan Caten:
The beaded pyjamas that Sasha wore. Also the nude swimwear. It feels like you’ve seen a lot of styles like that before, but somehow they look different.

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