There was beefcake for breakfast this morning at the Dsquared2 menswear show. It's now something of a hallmark for the house. The spring/summer season equals copious amounts of finely chiseled bodies on display.
This time however all the skin fit in rather well with twin designers Dean and Dan Caten's chosen theme. The world of the artist. Where skimpily clad models posing for pantings, sculptures or sketches is commonplace.
But not just any artists. The designers used their playful approach for fashion to reinterpret the Pop Art era of the 80s in this collection. References to Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns could be glimpsed in the day glow cameo pieces, the primitive patent leather appliqué cats adorning sweatshirts or embroidered into trousers and the graffiti lettering scrawled across outerwear. Even the duo's bread and butter distressed denim jeans got a rather clever Jean-Michel ‘Basquiatesque’ treatment.
But the items that blended best with the designers artistic aspirations and the practical real world needs of men where a selection of beige pieces that came spiced up with strategically placed strips of color, giving the garments a punch of graphisme.
As dramatic as all the retina searing colors and kookie embellishments were, this show was pretty straight forward in terms of the ensembles themselves. Shapes were easy and clean cut with pants finishing just above the ankles, board shorts, and classic tops or outerwear, all typical DSquared2 fair.
This collection might not have been a masterpiece but it more then deserved a one man show.