Girls Interrupted: Dan Caten Talks Dsquared²’s Manic Fall Femmes-------
“She’s crazy,” said Dsquared²’s Dan Caten during a late-night phone interview from his and brother Dean’s Milan studio. “Crazy for fashion!” he added. The disturbed femme to whom he’s referring is the brand’s Fall ’14 woman, who will be revealed in all her manic glory during Dsquared²’s runway show on February 24. “She lives in a perturbed, wonderful world of lostness,” he continued. “It’s a sixties trip meets Girl Interrupted meets Grey Gardens. Her head is twirling, she’s hearing things, and she’s mad, in a weird way.” If anyone can bring this twisted fantasy to life, it’s the Catens, whose Fall menswear collection offered a tongue-in-cheek take on prison life. Speaking of which, we’ve been told that the house’s Fall girl has a bit in common with its menswear bad boys; however, “she’s not going to jail, but she’s definitely going to a correctional institute—let’s just put it that way.”
At the end of the day, Dan assured Style.com, this collection is all about beautiful clothes. “They’re almost couture-y for us,” he explained, noting that the brothers’ runway extravaganzas allow them to explore the most glamorous depths of their imaginations. “We do so many collections now that we don’t only need to focus on making money off this show. It’s just pure excitement.” This season, said excitement is communicated via hyper-luxe materials (think mink, snakeskin, feathers, silk, and tweed), OTT embroidery, sexy silhouettes, and—Dan’s favorite part—lots of sparkle.
But on whom, pray tell, did the designers base their beautiful Fall lunatics? “Dean and I are really the crazy women in the show. We love fashion, and we just want to dress up like this all the time.” (Anyone who’s seen the pair’s Spring ’13 film knows he’s not exaggerating.)
When quizzed about the craziest thing he and his brother have done of late, Dan laughed. “Umm… sleep? We never have time to do that, so if we do, it’s totally crazy.” Unfortunately for the Catens, they won’t be indulging in this insane practice after taking their bows tomorrow. “As if we weren’t tired enough, right after the show we’re going to be judges on the Italian Project Runway.”
Tune in to the Dsquared² live stream on Style.com, and on the brand’s Twitter and Facebook pages at 9:30 a.m. CET tomorrow, and join the conversation by using the hashtag #perturbedwonderful. In the meantime, Dsquared² sent us some behind-the-scenes preview images, including a look at a hair test with Sam McKnight. Full disclosure: Some of these snaps might make you a little loopy—but, hey, sanity’s overrated.