The inimitable design duo of Dean and Dan Caten, at the helm of the powerhouse brand DSQUARED2, have unfurled their vision for the DSQUARED2 Resort 2024 collection. An unapologetic blend of the nostalgic Y2K era and the brand’s unmistakable identity, the Catens are leading us back to their most authentic roots.
In a recent viewing of their newest works, Dan Caten took a moment to reflect on the brand’s evolution, expressing that despite their journey around the globe for inspiration and seasonal themes, they discovered a profound truth. “We do best in what we really are,” he stated. This unfiltered self-awareness has led them back to their core design philosophy, combining a risqué appeal and non-conformity in a style fusion that defines their distinctive brand ethos.
The DSQUARED2 Resort 2024 collection encapsulates this essence, pushing the boundaries by contrasting a seductive, often edgy aesthetic with athletic undertones, radiating what Caten referred to as a “suburb chick” attitude. An audacious interplay of denim further exemplified this direction. These included designs ranging from generous, relaxed pants contrasted with incredibly short jackets, to jeans featuring side openings and unusual hip-buttoning. A spotlight on low-rise styles weighed down by chunky logo belts, allowing glimpses of the underwear beneath, amplified the unconventional styling.
The DSQUARED2 Resort 2024 lineup is an unashamed display of bold silhouettes, ultra-short lengths, and tailored designs, manifested in pleated tartan miniskirts and a zip-front faux leather dress styled with a cutoff tank top. The design trajectory took an unexpected turn with a flirtatious pink babydoll dress under a striped knit cardigan and further gravitated towards a traditional bon-ton aesthetic with classic tweed jackets.
Incorporating athletic inspirations, the collection boasted hybrid pieces such as sweatshirts fused with corsets and denim shorts integrated with joggers. References to sports such as basketball, racing, and boxing were visible, with standout pieces including a retro satin bomber, reimagined boxing shorts in extended lengths, and jerseys reworked into dresses.
As the brand ventures back to its core, it reinvigorates its heritage with the power to surprise and allure. This triumphant return to their roots signifies not a step back, but a bold leap forward, serving as a testament to the Catens’ ability to remain authentically DSQUARED2.
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