Dsquared2 Pre-Fall 2022 Collection | Vogue


The #elevatorselfies tag is extremely popular on Instagram; there are even sites offering handbooks on how to get the best viewing angle when “traveling” in the privacy of a well-lit, well-lit elevator, with suggestions for appropriate captions. The trend for elevator selfies is appealing to Dean and Dan Caten, who are always quick to grasp the undercurrents of social media.

Their pre-fall DSquared2 collection was shot in an elevator mockup, and every photo was quoted Twitter-style. So, was that a slightly ironic comment on our obsessions with social media? “Airport elevators, hotel elevators, these are just metaphors for the desire to get back on the road. Our boys and girls are travelers, globetrotters. They are finally out of their closet and back on the planet.

Dsquared2 wanderers are not inclined to travel light. They fill their suitcases with a grungy, vintage wardrobe beyond the elevator, and style it with precise nonchalance. A transformable construction wonder in the form of an oversized jacket can be paired with a sexy sequined pencil skirt or an equally virtuoso pair of worn denim pants quilted and needle punched with bandana print cotton.

Big outerwear is a strong point of Caten and they’ve come up with many coveted pieces here, inflected with what they call “a Canadian vibe: easy, laid back, laid back”. The oversized sheepskin hoodies had a ’70s flavor; the leather country jackets had contrasting nylon puff sleeves; and the spacious swirl pattern anoraks looked cool. The knits were thick, tactile and clever, with a bohemian and worn look; it was generously layered under or over embellished and patched vests, sleeveless vests and faded denim pieces. As luxurious as it actually is, the collection exuded the individual vibe of found pieces preferred by young audiences.

Despite the “shameless selfies,” the attitude of the creators seems more nuanced (shall we say romantic?) Lately; they indulge less in their impertinence and their trademark flamboyance. But make no mistake about it. After the long pandemic diet of Zooms and virtual presentations, they can’t wait to get back on the track and dust off their plumage. Next season they will be in IRL at Milan Fashion Week: “We can’t wait,” they said. Difficult to resist the good humor of the Catens.


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