Milan Fashion Week: A four-pack of fashion fun at DSquared2 [Updated]
DSquared2 didn't so much show a runway collection in Milan on Tuesday morning as it did four mini-collections backed by a rotating stage backdrop, topped off with a hilarious leather-and-sparkly-spandex dance number performed by a four-pack of male dancers sporting stilletto heels. (Later, I learned that they're a "musical-dance syndicate" that goes by the name Kazaky.)*
The first mini-collection, set against the backdrop of a Scandinavian fishing village, offered up things like roomy cable knit sweaters, scarves, mixed-fabrication light outerwear pieces and a hybrid boat shoe/derby boot.
That was followed by a brief (in more ways than one) trip to the island of Mykonos, which consisted mainly of exceedingly snug swim trunks (some emblazoned with the name of the island across the posterior) and mesh tank tops with a few pairs of walking shorts and light jackets thrown in.
Then it was a romantic Roman holiday with a preppy American sportswear flavor (brightly colored chinos, double-breasted blazers, and red-and-white striped ties), followed by the final mod-rock-themed set piece, with mixed fabrication leather and denim jackets, skinny black ties, tuxedo trousers with silver studding stripes and prints of tigers and stars.
Why four mini-collections? And why the quartet of wildly gyrating, voguing dancers?
It didn't really seem to matter, since the camp theatrics -- barely past the breakfast hour -- make the show one that attendees will remember for quite some time.
And sometimes, that's enough.
*[Updated 6/23: Because we hadn't been immediately able to confirm the identity of the performers, an earlier version of this post did not identify them by name. They are known as Kazaky.]
-- Adam Tschorn, reporting from Milan
Photos: Looks from the DSquared2 spring / summer 2012 runway collections shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Tullio M. Puglia /Getty Images.