Milan Men's Fashion Week SS16: DSquared2

Milan Men's Fashion Week SS16: DSquared2

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Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Dan and Dean Caten continue to play to their strengths, blending seemingly divergent themes and inspirations to create an eclectic — and sexually charged — menswear collection

Dan and Dean Caten are first and foremost showmen. Starting the show with a model walking down the runway in the opposite direction, and carrying a DSquared2 branded surfboard, the Canadian design duo had the audience transfixed from the opening stanza of a remixed Sex Machine by James Brown. 

It was California dreaming mashed-up with... hiking references (oversized backpacks), sportswear elements (racerback mesh singlets, but worn back to front) and Native American emblems (Navajo inspired ponchos).

And given the eclectic nature of the styling... with neon laces used to embellish bags, studs added to pink singlets, and black ribbed beanies worn proud and erect, the collection yielded an unmistakable punk surfer vibe. 

Our favourite look was the... red oversized windbreaker worn off-shoulder, contrasted against a denim trucker vest, paired with a pair of shorts sporting drawstring hems, and layered over black lycra leggings. For DSquared2, it's always about the layers.

But the final hoorah came in the form of... models stripping down to nothing except for skin-tight tattoo bodysuits for the closing walk. En masse, deliberately sensationalist and cleverly memorable.

To see the full collection, click on the slideshow below.

To see all our coverage of Milan Men's Fashion Week SS16, click here.