DSQUARED2 Opens Men’s Fashion Week in Milan

Men’s Fashion Week in Milan is in full-swing, and the looks that are found on and off the runways are igniting online magazine and blog entries the world over. While high street stores are in the process of transitioning their winter stock for the first wave of spring looks, the runways are already showing us what will be hot (or not) for next fall. Looks range from Roberto Cavalli’s usual “rock”-inspired style to Vivienne Westwood’s nod to classic influence on modern designs. With the style-o-meter running up and down the spectrum, of particular interest to me is the hybrid stylings of Dean and Dan Caten‘s signature line: DSQUARED2.

What I love about the DSQUARED2 label is its penchant for making street wear outright sexy. With the Caten twins, mass-made jeans give way to tailored and distressed premium denim… boxy and unrefined shoes are set aside for smart yet stylish foot gear… and ill-fitted jackets and tops give way to contoured bombers and shearling coats. The Canadian twin brothers celebrate their line’s 20th anniversary this year, and their showing in Milan took their audience on a journey of amplified versions of some of their classic looks.

While known for their often ostentatious shows, this year’s display centered around a permanent art installation by Anselm Kiefer in Milan’s Hangar Bicocca contemporary art center –a perfect setting for the Canadian-Milanese line. Much of the city was on hand for the show, which opened up men’s fashion week, and a raucous celebration followed.

ftv.com captured the show for its YouTube channel:

Some of my personal favorite looks include:

D20(Photos from nowfashion.com)

The camel shearling coat in the first look could easily spice-up classic denim and flannel. My favorite part of this look, however, is the red bag. The overall air of the second and third looks, too, are absolutely RTW and are some of my must-haves.

What I appreciate most about this line is that it is completely wearable. Looks can be transitioned from day to night, and some pieces have just enough flair to steer the line away from anything costumey. The show’s final line-up featured the Caten twins donned in chic tuxes, followed by their models in similar wear. Mary J. Blige then closed out the show with her rendition of U2’s “One.” The Caten brothers were clearly in celebratory spirits, as they should be all year. 20 years of fashion is a milestone for modern day houses, and they truly have their stake in the ground.

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