Before the Dsquared2 show got underway, designers Dan and Dean Caten showed a short video clip of some of their collection on models styled as if they were in the middle of a mandatory three day psychiatric hold. Wearing 60s inspired crystal embellished ensembles, they knocked over chairs, stared out into space and climbed the sanitarium walls in their red stiletto heels (wait that was one of the twin designers who had a split second cameo). At the end of the film the hashtag #perturbedwonderful flickered across the screen.
So when the curtains finally pulled back to reveal an insane asylum backdrop for the show, it was not unexpected. What was startling, however, was how very little this collection really had anything to do with crazy clothing. That was left to the kooky accessories like metal arm braces, padded bracelets and crystal covered chocker collars.
On the whole the clothing was a tad reserved for a Dsquared2 show. The lady psych ward guards looked rather chic in their pristine white leather cropped capes and matching short dresses, as they walked the mussy beehive haired models in their bejeweled refinery down the catwalk. Although, nobody had better mess with the three Asian models that showed up in straight jacket inspired corseted mini dresses.
When the designers weren’t showing jewel hued Jackie O gowns, they went with Mod daywear like a bright purple python jacket or a Mondrian inspired short A-line dresses.
This collection might not have had much of a collation with its asylum starting point. But you wouldn’t be seen as out of your mind if you ended up investing in a few of this show’s quieter pieces.
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