To the sea we go again, and this time we’re catching a neon wave with DSquared2. At this point, Milan Fashion Week has explored nearly every facet of ocean life from seafaring sailors to subsurface mermaids, but Dean and Dan Caten found an untapped niche with a surf-inspired collection for Spring/Summer 2016. With so many designers using the ocean as a reference point, it prompts the question “Why?” Maybe fashion is attempting to preserve what’s left of earth’s most precious resource before the seas are completely overfished and barren or before climate change causes temperatures to rise to hostile levels. Whatever the reason, DSquared2 skips over the serious talk — this collection is all about having fun in the sun.
The surfer-girl theme was clearly stated at the beginning as the opening look paired a sporty swimsuit topped with a neon harness and a pair of low-slung cropped trousers. A parade of bikini tops, neoprene pants, and sporty scuba-inspired minis took to the runway. Cutouts pockmarked the surface of many looks, while others featured a complex network of body-restricting straps. Thankfully, some of the skimpier tubular minis were topped with billowing printed skirts that gave them an elegant edge, while skintight bandage dresses were layered atop “tattoo” bodysuits that offered an interesting way to cover up. DSquared2 also showed off some seriously stunning looks with a series of dresses and jackets covered in a dense sprawl of glitter embroidery in a hothouse floral pattern. Topping off these florid designs were plastic flowers strung round the throat in imitation of Elizabethan ruffs. This racy, colorful collection didn’t break any new ground, but its kaleidoscopic optimism injected new energy into the thoroughly excavated aquatic trend.
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