Monday, February 2, 2009

Dsquared2 Women's Spring/Summer '09 Collection

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A few weeks ago, as I was catching up on my fashion news I came across these new images from Canadian twin design superstars Dan and Dean Caten’s Dsquared2 Spring/Summer ’09 ad campaign. These ads feature Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell in a variety of poses which may be interpreted as: a fierce supermodel catfight, Naomi losing her temper and flipping out on Linda, or both. With all good advertising, many things may be read into these advertisements, but the most important factors are that these models look beautiful in these dresses and that these ads sell the garments. I am a huge fan of all of the ’90s supermodels and it is refreshing to see Linda and Naomi in an ad together after all these years. After seeing these ads I was inspired to see what else Dsquared2 had in store for us this spring so I checked out their Spring/Summer ’09 fashion show (see it below).

For Spring/Summer ’09, Dan and Dean Caten take us back to the glamour of the ’70s and their inspiration for this collection was the ’70s television show Charlies Angels. The show opens and ends with Esther Cañadas, Fernanda Tavares and Nadege du Bospertus posing as the trio of femme fatales originally made famous by Farah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. Denim flares, sexy cutout bathing suits, checkered printed dress shirts, tailored denim jackets, sleek three-piece suits, chic high-wasted pants, strapless ruffled evening gowns, beautifully draped goddess dresses and lots of gold jewelry and accessories worked to keep this retro-inspired collection cohesive and completely wearable. Dan and Dean are masters at designing stylish sportswear that can seamlessly translate from day to evening or from work to leisure wear and this collection is a testament to their astute fashion sense. Based on the pieces presented in this show, the Dsquared2 woman may be understood as successful, sophisticated, strong, self-confident and flirty and sexy at the same time. I loved the fashion-creativity qualities of the gun holster inspired harness (worn over a dress) and the oversized brown satin poncho, although I’m not sure how wearable these pieces are off of the runway. The only piece that I didn’t like was the brown cargo-style balloon dress because it was poorly executed and it looked like a glorified potato sack. Overall, the highlights of this collection for me were the draped goddess dresses, the beautifully tailored suits and jackets and all of the accessories. It's great to see Canada represented in the high fashion world and Dan and Dean Caten are truly a Canadian fashion force to be reckoned with!

What did you especially like or dislike about this collection?


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