June 26, 2008

Wash and Style The Collections/Milan

By Suzy Menkes

'D' for diversity was the message when DSquared2 looked back to the dawn of hip-hop for inspiration. The show was under the musical influence of Run-DMC and was set in an imaginary black American barbershop, where great-looking guys break dance between shampoos.

If the designer twins Dean and Dan Caten had stuck with the feisty sportswear, embellished with bling-bling chains and strutted on the runway as shiny boxer shorts or sexy track pants, it would have been a fine show. But the pastiche of contemporary tailoring (read: nothing new here) that opened the show detracted from the energetic rest.

Originally published by The New York Times Media Group.

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