Milan: Although unexpected, Dean and Dan Caten’s vision for S/S 2011 was clear: androgyny. In a runway show that felt demure for DSquared2, the design duo sent models down the runway sporting menswear looks complete with flat oxfords and straw fedoras. There was a boy’s look for every occasion; denim bottoms and cardigans with oversized “boyfriend” fits, preppy plaid shorts and oxford shirts, double-breasted suiting; the Caten brothers even paid homage to YSL with a black tuxedo for her. Several of this season’s key items were there: the trench, the blazer, the A-line mini and the skinny cropped pant, to name a few. Eveningwear was slightly less restrained – there was more exposed skin and more glitzy embellishment. Some of the looks could have come straight out of label’s American Gigolo-themed men’s collection. Perhaps the twins were still in a 70s menswear frame of mind when they began designing the ladies line.

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