Dsquared2 Menswear Spring Summer 2014 Milan
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Mayday, mayday. It's the 50's, there was a plane crash, a man is alone on a desert island, his clothes are torn and in a fit of boredom he begins altering his clothes and designing his own accessories with debris and island foliage.

This is how DSquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten described the inspiration for their spring summer collection backstage.

With the DJ spinning old tunes like Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" and "Bali Ha'i" from the South Pacific soundtrack, an explosion of island wear sauntered down the catwalk. Mini surf shorts, cropped linen pants were featured alongside distressed khakis.  Boxy collared shirts and matching shorts were spiced up with chunky island foliage print.

Fabrics for casual wear ranged from delicate cottons to fine double-sided waterproof fabrics, were dominant.

At a certain point it was as if Gilligan's Island character Thurston Howell III's trunk washed up on the shore and a burst of silky shorts and shirts with a darty print fused this fun collection with a much needed element of depth.

The real wow factor of the collection was the formal wear. Silk tuxedo coats with rattan print and black lapels were matched with matching satiny black ankle length tuxedo pants.

Too bad there weren't any coolers with cold champagne on this desert island.

DSquared2's signature leather pieces figured prominently in the form of buckle boots, two-tone baseball and leather jackets accented with zebra print, and even a bubble gum pink leather jacket -- just for kicks and giggles.

Accessories had a makeshift feel: driftwood, bone, bamboo, seeds and mini shell beading, paired with canvas buckled sacks with leather trim and luxurious leather totes.  

"It's all about beautiful guys on a beautiful island. What else is summer about?" said Dean Caten.

- Sofia Celeste

 

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