by Stephen Garner

A dreamy spirit gives the deconstructed and worn-in a glamorous edge for Dsquared2’s men’s and women’s spring/summer 2022 collection. This collection, dubbed “Fairytale Grunge,” is filled with floral prints on gauzy fabrics, destroyed knits, patchwork upcycled denim, and glittery tattered strands.

Military styling takes on a romantic attitude in micro floral print on mousseline crepe cut in a men’s shirt with patch pockets and paired with vinyl pants, the same material in women’s blouses and dresses. Paperweight cotton satin trousers and shorts for men and women are contemporary combat pants with zippers, outside pockets, and snaps. The pattern of tonal camouflage is laser cut-out on tailored jackets. These are styled with open-weave knits and T-shirts—with a distinct washed, torn, and overworn appearance.

Draped layering is found in the women’s looks: diaphanous shirts, a swathe of tulle, and a vinyl bandeau top paired with tailored pants; sheer dresses are worn together with ripped T-shirts. Fabrics infused with a vintage appearance, tapestry florals in jackets, and devoré in transparent dresses convey the ethereal, lived-in style of the collection.

Sequinned filaments cascade down the frayed threads of pants, dresses, and ripped denim. Lace is laminated in dresses and tops, and bubble wrap is transformed into outerwear. Denim is constructed by upcycling vintage Dsquared2 denim pieces, cutting them up, and putting them together patchwork style in jeans and skirts.

Fantasy also shapes the accessories. Sparkling fruit pendants, hearts, and butterflies are crafted into jewelry, with handmade crowns. Whimsical leopard print heart bags are joined with a lunch pail and cord styles, and mini hand-held bags that reveal another bag snap-fastened on top. Chunky boots and sandal platforms offset the collection’s softness.