MFWM AW19: Dsquared2

DURING fashion week, it’s not unusual for brands to try to step out of the box when it comes to shows. This was the case for the Dsquared2 AW19 collection show at MFWM, with their conception of a concert stylised show, complete with stage, pop music, and bar.

While this can make a show more memorable, it can be argued that attempting to break the mould can come with its downfalls. In this circumstance, it was reported some of the attendees left early due to being unable to see the clothing. Although the idea of a concert-style show paralleled the punk inspired collection, overall it turned out to be a good idea, but bad execution.

However, despite this, arguably Dsquared2 redeemed itself through their latest collection. A hypnotic post-punk mixture of flannel, leather and tie-dye, the brand stepped out of their comfort zone with this collection, with success. With its combination of sequins, fur, and clashing prints, the fall collection encompasses glamour above all and its musical influence is everywhere.

Also drawing its inspiration from ski-wear, the collection includes a combination of oversized puffer jackets and wide-fit cargo style trousers, incorporating these elements into urban-style streetwear. There also seems to be a strong influence from American pop-culture, as seen in the barely-there mini skirts and cowboy-style boots used. In particular, Madonna and her signature style has a strong presence in the collection, as also evident by the show’s designated soundtrack.

Overall, Dsquared2 swayed from the norm with their AW19, to the collection’s success. Taking inspiration from ‘80s era punk, the brand pushed boundaries with its latest collection, proving that, in most respects, taking risks can pay off.

by Emma Hart

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