DSquared2 kicked off Milan Men’s Fashion Week with a bang. Pop diva Mary J. Blige helped fashion's most famous twins celebrate their brand's 20th anniversary. With a soulful performance of "One Love," she played to a crowd of wildly flashing smart phones, all the way down the runway.
Set in the Pirelli-owned industrial exhibition space hangar Bicocca, the fall/winter 2015 lineup was a trip down memory lane for the Caten brothers, who have dressed everyone from Britney Spears to Lenny Kravitz.
Gigantor fur trapper hats, leather vests, classic plaid button downs and fringed leather coats, conjured childhood scenes from the TV series "Davy Crockett."
Fitted-jeans strutting down the runway with cowboy boots to the tune of "Wild Thing," reminded us of a charmed, free spirited youth and hopeless teenage crushes.
Romantic, folk-inspired embroidery on tuxedo and jacket lapels took us back to the late nineties when the duo got their start.
Their brand became recognized internationally when they started designing for Madonna.
DSquared2 said that mud-splattered coatings on jean legs, boots and denim vests were a reference to one of her stage outfits.
Indeed, much of what was exhibited we had seen before. But with the leaning towers of Anselm Kiefer's "Seven Heavenly Palaces" installation providing the backdrop and the voice of one of soul's most celebrated divas filling the room on her birthday, we could hardly fault the Caten brothers for being repetitive.