Dsquared2 Fall 2014 Collection

Posted on February 26, 2014

Dsquared2 Fall 2014 Collection



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  • Well, I’m not in the market for a blue python blouse that is passing as a dress, but I love the Carnaby Street vibe of this.

    • Anna

      And is that a jeweled neck brace they’ve paired it with? I love the purse though.

      • She needs it – if she tilts her head forward at all she’ll flash everyone behind her.

        • Anna

          I’m photo-assuming that she does seem terrified of an impending and inevitable wardrobe malfunction.

        • Alyssa

          I’m not sure how she managed to walk in that without flashing anyone!

      • Alyssa

        That is a fabulous purse!

        • Anna

          It is! I covet *sigh*.

        • kimmeister

          You have that one, I’ll take the green version.

    • Qitkat

      Funny you should say this, my thoughts are similar, and the irony of it is that the first time these were in fashion, I may have worn my dresses this short too. Feeling wistful: Carnaby Street.

      • alyce1213

        I definitely wore skirts and dresses this short back then. And I’d go to the Cheetah and discotheque my little ass off.

        • formerlyAnon

          For us, tights were a must – and that made the length comfortable to wear. (For us. Parental figures were prone to prohibit). I don’t envy anyone trying to wear them bare-legged.

        • Qitkat

          Discotheques, ahh, those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end…

      • JulieTy

        I definitely wore them that short — and got sent home from school for it!

        • conniemd

          We didn’t get sent home, the assistant principal (female) would literally take a razor blade and scissors to the skirts and pull the hem out. Of course, we defeated that by rolling the skirts up at the waist. I’m glad it took everyone back to the days of Twiggie and Petulia Clark, which were my junior high days, apparently everyone else went immediately to “short skirts.”

    • MilaXX

      Pair it with a pair of skinny black pants or even jeans and it works.

  • hughman

    “The only hit that comes out of a Helen Lawson show is Helen Lawson, and that’s ME, baby, remember?”

    • Rand Ortega

      Nothing makes my day more than a VOTD quote. Bless you.

    • That quote with your icon’s cheekbones works better than peanut butter and chocolate.

  • barbarienne

    I’m about 50/50 on liking or hating any particular outfit, but I do have to note that at least Dsquared2 knows how to tastefully use Muppet pelts.

    Also, that green cape (3rd photo) looks just a trifle cheaply made, but I still want it because GREEN CAPE. With feathers. Gimme gimme gimme.

    • myandyleigh

      I have been wondering what has prompted this Muppet massacre. What did the Muppets ever do to the fashion industry to deserve this mass murder spectacle? I feel like the Muppets should be put on the endangered species list in order to preserve at least a small enough population to prevent extinction.

      And I’ve also wondered over the years if there’s some sort of secret convention of designers that takes place wherein they decide what will be the major themes of any given season, what will be used to assault the senses of an innocent public. This mass Muppet slaughter is a sterling example, but it happens with every season, right down to the color palette. If it’s not Muppet murder it’s “everything will be lace all the time” or “every garment will be so sheer we can count your wayward pubic hairs” or “no matter what color your garments are you must wear ugly Silly Putty shoes”, etc., etc. I find myself hoping for any collection that bucks the current trends.

      • alyce1213

        I imagine the world of fashion has plenty of skullduggery and intrigue, and sheep.

        • myandyleigh

          I think someone should create a nighttime soap about the skullduggery and intrigue of high fashion. There could be covert operations amongst the design houses with spies and infiltrators, stealing the ideas and designs of their competitors, models catfighting and throwing each other into swimming pools while wearing couture, backstabbing and deal making and all manner of juicy evil plots. It could star people like Kerry Washington, people who are considered stylish in their own right. It could be like Dynasty on fashion steroids! Ha!

          • demidaemon

            I would watch this show in a heartbeat! It also needs to have bitchy fashion bloggers and evil fashion magazine editors making decisions on trends and who has got it, sending designers into a meltdown of ill-advised decisions at dance clubs.

      • barbarienne

        Really! I always kind of thought a trend would start in one place and then slowly build and take off, but seeing the collections en masse here really drives home how many trends seem to appear simultaneously in collections.

        Some could be mutual roots (i.e. the apparent influence of fantasy-genre movies/TV). But sometimes it feels as if there’s some industrial espionage going on.

        The kindest scenario I can come up with is that everyone is in the same industry, friends with other industry people, moving from one house to another as they climb the career ladder, and naturally they talk to each other. Maybe not in specifics, but I can imagine a kind of “I saw this AMAZING velvet from our supplier, and I had to come up with a way to use it!” and then the friend is primed to think about using velvet.

        • formerlyAnon

          I have always chosen to think that there are a series of Top Secret meetings at which the fashion cognoscenti make these decisions each year. Over cocktails, with very, very well groomed assistants taking notes.

          • That’s actually what the Illuminati do. Running governments is childsplay.

        • myandyleigh

          Considering the egos involved, though, I wouldn’t think there’d be a lot of friendly banter and casual sharing about design and production. As I said above, I think there’s a great nighttime soap in all of this somewhere. It’s time to get Hollywood on it, I think. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • barbarienne

            I am under the (perhaps mistaken) impression that fashion houses are fairly large places that employ a number of designers. Obviously there’s a person at the top who ultimately makes the decisions, but aren’t there piles of designers who are contributing ideas to the overall environment within the house? I’m wondering if the more junior of them are meeting over drinks to bitch about how underpaid they all are.

            I may be projecting from my experience in the NYC publishing industry.

      • JulieTy

        I worked in a buying office for a big department store chain (LONG ago). Every year we’d be invited to a meeting where the textile manufacturers from Italy would show us what patterns and color schemes would be “in” in two years’ time. Guess what? They were right every time!!! Could it be because they made the fabrics??? Hmmmmmm.

        • myandyleigh

          AHA! The plot thickens! It’s a conspiracy of the fabric industry! So they’ve been plotting the demise of Muppetkind for two years? This is an evil scheme of epic proportions…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • conniemd

        I love it, Muppet massacre, it describes this fashion trend of bathmat coats, jackets, etc. perfectly. What I suspect happens is that the people who make the fabrics control the fashion trends to some extent, so this year apparently they put out a lot of Muppet pelts for the design houses to use.

    • kimmeister

      I’m inventing a reason to have that green cape right now.

      • formerlyAnon

        Because it exists, I think is enough reason.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I just love there is no sheer/lace/cutouts in this collection, even if it is a bit blah on color.

  • Anna

    Some questionable pieces, but I dig the Swinging ’60s vibe. The last look with the hats are fun, a la Audrey Hepburn in Two For the Road.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      LOL, I thought Audrey Hepburn in “Charade”.

      • Anna

        That too!

  • marlie

    I was expecting a lot of over-the-top whatthefuckery, but there are some really pretty pieces, and gorgeous textiles here. Of course, the short dresses are ridiculously short, and some of the coats are fugly, but I didn’t realize that D&D had the slightest bit of “elegant” in them.

    • Grumpy Girl

      Yes, I was surprised by that, too. I saw numerous things where I thought, if it was longer . . . as my only concern for the dress.

  • jw_ny

    Seems the micro-mini is back in fashion…a lot of boys will be happy about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Perhaps we were a bit rough and critical of Kate Hudson’s mini dress posted earlier today….she’s right on trend. (nah…it looked terrible on her ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    • MilaXX

      nope, her mini was a glorified sauna towel.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Miley Cyrus will be happy about that, too. GAG!!!

  • alyce1213

    Time travel! Some of these are quite literally straight out of the ’60s. I don’t like it all, but I like it some — it’s fun, like the ’60s.

    • Pennymac

      I am impressed–their stuff is usually Uber tacky. Most of this is quite good, with the exception of the three girls that look like they stepped out of a Mothra movie.

      • alyce1213

        Yeah, the three in the last row are not on par with the rest.

  • Ginger

    Don’t some of these scream Mod Aunt Mame to y’all? Anything that reminds me of Aunt Mame (Rosalind Russell version, of course) is to be celebrated. I raise my imaginary cocktail to this!

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      “Oh no, please Patrick, your Auntie Mame is hung!”

      • Ginger

        Bless you. I couldn’t remember the EXACT quote so I opted not to post it. I knew one of my fellow BKs would though!

  • Burlington Coat Factory, 1992.

  • If you want Don Draper between your thighs, this is the collection for you! I’m into the sixties flair, and in love with the model in the header photo.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      What do you mean “if” you want Don Draper between your thighs? You have to think about that? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • He’s a mentally ill misogynistic asshole so no, I don’t have to think about it for even a second. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          Mentally ill misogynistic assholes – been there, done them, own the t-shirts. Wait, maybe I should have thought about it…

  • So – the purple gown for Jessica Pare?

    • Alyssa

      That was my first thought upon seeing the model wearing it!

    • MissKimP

      I was thinking FLOTUS ?

      • Oooh, good call! I’d love to see Shelly in the black gown with the green feathery coat, but that probably wouldn’t be acceptable, would it?

        • MissKimP

          Probably not acceptable!! (Maybe, just maybe, if she left off the black feathery stuff at the shoulders?)

  • BobStPaul

    Love the sixties’ retro feel. Definitely my favorite of any of their collections I’ve seen.

  • Lilah

    Don’t they usually do (expensive) street wear? This seems a departure from their usual.

  • Let it out

    What’s with the neo-Harjuku Girls in the copper dresses? So 2004…and still not cool.

    • kimmeister

      I can’t see a trio of young Asian girls without thinking of the Cirque du Soleil contortionists.

      • Let it out

        Yes! Well played.

  • MilaXX

    This is not nearly as tacky as I expected from them. Yes there are some super short micro minis and yes the clunky collar, ankle straps and bangles are awkward, but most of the clothes are nice. It’s gives me a sort of updated Audrey Hepburn vibe. I like.

    • mjude

      if the lengths were a bit longer we could rock the shit of them MilaXX. I need a cigarette holder.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Really like it, for the most part. Don’t like the beige triplets and those upper arm bracelets look very painful.

    • kimmeister

      I’m surprised by the amount of pieces I like too!

  • decormaven

    Not so much a fan of the python pieces, but the rest is a nice turn on the Sixties’ vibe. That gown with the deep green robe is going to show up Sunday- I hope!

  • Evan

    This actually seems like a step up for them compared to their usual. I was expecting a cheap, trashy porno or Anna Nicole vibe like we usually get from them.

  • therealkuri

    Now I really want to rock a (real or faux) snake-skin suit around the office.


    A perfect collection for Bubbles.

  • Kent Roby

    We are officially in Bizarro World: Dior is making dresses out of yellow mosquito netting, while the twins are throwing together some chic retro-inspired pieces. I’m not drunk, yet I somehow think that even the fringed/feathered/beaded cape isn’t too much.

    • kimmeister

      Not to mention the almost-demure Versace collection featured yesterday! Next, Lady Gaga will step out in a sweater, jeans, and ballet flats.

      • Kent Roby

        The only collection lately that I’ve identified immediately was Moschino (rather, I immediately identified the designer of the collection as Jeremy Scott).

  • NMMagpie

    That double-breasted cape is to die for.

  • JauntyJohn

    Kicky and fun and even a little chic in a few places.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    Fun…serious 60’s mashup!

  • boweryboy

    This appeals to my inner Peggy Moffitt.

  • Sarah

    That nude trio should be in some sort of futuristic pantyhose commercial. The Control Top Brigade come to your rescue!

  • Stop it with the granny panties already! I swear!

    Otherwise I love a lot of this. Nice, rich colors.

  • quiltrx

    The retro-ness is a bit too literal for me with some of these looks. But loving the purple snakeskin coat and bag!
    And I have to say–I HATE the “leg brace” shoes. They are aggressively ugly and questionable on a taste level.

  • sleepycat

    WAY WAY WAY too literal. The fabrics don’t look expensive at all. I am a little confused on why D-Squared is still open, they produce overpriced mall clothes, nothing in the sense of Fashion, with the capital.

  • formerlyAnon

    Honestly, there’s more that’s questionable than that’s wonderful here, but it is wayyy past time this ’60s London look had its turn in the retro spotlight. And I LOVE the high-crowned updos with the asymmetrical bangs (fringe for London-ites). Some of them would look better if they were smoother & neater, but it IS TIME for a controlled, contained updo with a little drama to come back.

  • Megan Kennedy

    That cray coat actually, physically hurt my eyes. You all know the one.

  • macwell

    I haven’t really paid too much attention to the dynamic duo’s women’s wear line, preferring to bask in the glow of the men, but this s**t tain’t bad – not bad at all. Kind of Holly Golightlyesque….

    • Evan

      I think their men’s line looks like glorified A&F.

      • macwell

        True enough, but at least they don’t have their logo over everything.

        • Evan

          That’s true, but if I’m gonna pay their prices, I want more than just glorified A&F without a logo.

  • SierraDelta

    The white hats remind me of the ones the flight attendants wore in Space Odyssey.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    Surprisingly chic for Dsquared.

  • Miss wks

    After viewing this collection I have an uncanny urge to point out the front and back exit rows….

  • demidaemon

    Dishwashing gloves, bathmat coats, and vinyl dresses. I’m guessing this collection was inspired by the plights of the stay-at-home mom?

  • SugarSnap108

    If I ignore the neck braces and mentally add a few inches to the mini skirts, I really like this. Which surprises the hell out of me.

  • bertkeeter

    We’ve seen it ALL before on numerous runwaysโ€ฆ.EXCEPT that trio of tan things, what ever they are, on the three Asian modelsโ€ฆ. OY!

    • GillianHolroyd

      oh god yes, what the hell was that?

  • jilly_d

    These are fun! And I WANNNNNT that camel cape. Wannnnnnnt.

  • Sunraya

    Short is one thing, but wowza!!! Some of these are almost obscenely short!!!

  • KT

    There are some serious THUDS in here (three Asian women in a salute to communism…?), but there are also some nice pieces, namely the coats. I’m really not sure which demographic they’re trying to target though, as these looks run the gamut from Kardashian to Ethel Merman.

  • Snailstsichr

    I can’t wait to see the green cape and purple gown on the red carpet. (No, silly, not together!)
    I want the LBD and the leopard coat. It would be fun to play 50s glamour girl in them.

  • JulieTy

    I’m loving the whole aesthetic here — especially the Holly Golightly Walk of Shame hair.

  • JohnnyC

    hemlines so high, the world’s your gynecologist!

  • LaSylphide

    Add 6 inches to the length and a lot of these are actually quite wearable. Love the gowns and the retro vibe of the whole collection.

  • PastryGoddess

    The coats are to die for and I’m digging the nekkid…yet substantial shoes

  • e jerry powell

    So that looks like the prison set that they used for the menswear collection, with some nice furniture thrown in front of it.

    But the RTW collection, unlike the menswear is distinctly not branded prison gear.

  • ewes_urn_aim

    Trampy Mod girls.

  • rebeemoon

    Just say NO to the padlocks on the ankle straps. And (gulp) on that collar thingie.

  • Julieta Felix

    Megan Draper could wear all of these!

  • Aurumgirl

    I love all of it. And I want that navy blue gown and long green cape for myself.

  • colorjunky

    Very Breakfast at Tiffany’s, n’est pas?

  • J. Preposterice

    some of this hair looks like the hair jena malone was trying for, which just makes malone’s sad headsuit sadder.

  • Kikishua

    I’d like to see more of the long out of focus jewelled something in the background of the pic of the black coat with furry waist lines.