Spring/Summer 2015 felt more accomplished than usual on the DSquared2 runway, as Dean Caten and Dan Caten scaled back on making overt statements in order to focus on technique. Although their collections are always light-hearted and whimsical, this one felt more plugged into the fashion zeitgeist – which is currently embracing accessibility, wearability, and a mix of high and low elements.
White smocked blouses, crisp cropped tops, and skin-tight racerbacks imbued the presentation with an athletic mood, which was quickly enveloped in artful prints and acres of sparkling, sequin embroidery. The start of the show proffered shimmery coats covered in colorful geometric shapes, an infectious motif which was repeated on culottes and dirndl skirts. DSquared2 pumped up the volume for spring with frothy marabou feather skirts and dressier options decorated with enormous ruffled petals. The Catens also offered up a selection of outerwear that was tough but ladylike – a metallic moto jacket fitted with peplum and a plush blanket coat embroidered with gold discs both paired with low-slung boyfriend jeans. Although simple, well-constructed looks tossed with luxe elements might be a new direction for DSquared2, it works for the brand on more levels than they may realize.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree