For Dan and Dean Caten, nothing is ever “too much.” The design duo’s spring 2018 DSquared2 collection featured their maximalist approach, juxtaposing punk, street grunge and biker chic, while referencing beefcake rebels like Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.” The designers are seasoned pros when it comes to blending disparate themes into one over-the-top thematic concept to please their die-hard fans. This season, hardcore, biker boy leather trimmed with Western buckles were mixed with leopard print jackets and cropped narrow trousers, all worn atop pointy winklepicker ankle boots. The engraved western-style buckle was the signature embellishment seen on many of the standout pieces, running down the side of cropped leopard print trousers and tops, 50s perfecto jackets, in addition to punctuating many of the oversized cardigans.
Hawaiian hibiscus prints appeared on soft leather pants, jackets and miniskirts, worn with slouchy biker jackets in leopard printed calf for both men and women. While short and flirty tulle skirts and dresses were layered with K-Way hooded jackets covered in transparent plastic. The Western style buckles from the men’s boots also trimmed a zip-up bodice dress, and appear in rows, upon rows on jackets and sweatshirts. For the men, a series of pastel 50s style prom tuxedos featured ruffled shirts and coordinating bow ties and lapels.