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Thairine Garcia (Why Not) backstage at DSquared2 AW14Shot by Paolo Musa

DSquared2 AW14

The design duo close MFW with a psychiatric ward for frustrated housewives in jewelled gowns

TextEmma WymanPhotographyPaolo Musa

Initial reaction:

A woman unhinged.

The set:

From the Caten’s Penitentiary of menswear AW14 to a psychiatric hospital ward for womenswear. The show opened with a film featuring models and one of the designers in a bleak room reminiscent of the set.

Reminded me of:

Couped up, dressed up housewives with nowhere to go: lilac marabou feather capes, mini dresses in murky seventies colours with fur trims, and a gothic jet black ball gown – tight to the neck, dragging the floor, and finished with black leather gloves.

How they wore it:

Stilettos with ankle-tag cuffs and oversized baker boy and bucket hats. Hair was swooped into what was once a polished up do, but now fell in tense strands around the face.


Sound bites from the 1999 film Girl, Interrupted, and the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens.

Models: Luma Grothe (@@LumaGrothe), Valery Kaufman (@@ValeryKaufman), Charlotte Wiggins (@C_Wiggins_), Thairine Garcia (@thairinegarcia), Fei Fei Sun (@FeiFeiSunSun), Samantha Gradoville(@samgradoville), Maria Borges (@Mariabo01940093, Mina Cvetkovic (how_about_mina), Marine Deleeuw (@marine_deleeuw), Mijo Mihaljcic (@mijomihaljcic)