Male Box. Dynamic Design Duos

October 21, 2010 • Fashion, Male Box


Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine

As fashion marches forward, some designers walk the runway alone and others traipse down the aisle hand-in-hand with a partner. I thought you, dear reader, might find it interesting to take a look at the Spring 2011 offerings from the European runways with a focus on the brands that are co-designed.

Milan was abuzz with chatter about the 25th anniversary of Dolce and Gabbana. In a tribute to wedded bliss, the design duo drew inspiration from the quaint concept of a woman’s hope chest. Bringing this outdated idea into today and the future, they adapted ladylike silhouettes of yesteryear for today’s more sexually liberated woman. The nearly all white collection featured fitted silhouettes that were almost demure overall, until you looked closely at the peekaboo lace panels that revealed the modern woman underneath.

Dan and Dean Caten, the identical twin designers behind D Squared2, are known for their flamboyance in their personal lives and on their runways in Milan. This season’s offerings did not disappoint and the show ended with a bit of cross-dressing. Adapting their coveted men’s tuxedos for women, they offered their homage to YSL’s iconic Le Smoking. The next time you receive an engraved invitation with the words “Black Tie” in the lower corner, consider taking it a little more literally!

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