by Stephen Garner

Designers Dean and Dan Caten are expressing their free-spirited personalities with their new pre-fall 2021 Dsquared2 men’s collection.

The new men’s collection takes its inspiration from layering with abandon, throwing together different styles, tailoring and denim, military, and Canadian outdoorsy looks. Prints, clashing patterns, and flashy jewelry reign in this collection, which has a definitive Dsquared2 point of view.

Western influences the brand’s tailoring this season, with gentleman style touches like double-pleated pants. Cowboy blazers are accented with denim shirts, stitched boots, and pork pie hats. Leather is ultra-washed for vintage appearance and feel, in studded and patched jackets. Corduroy pants, check shirts and argyle knits lend an autumnal look, emphasized with an earthy palette.

Destination stickers one buys when they travel to different places feature in a print on shirts and accessories like soft scarves. Jeans are cut in carrot silhouettes to a cropped cuff, with bleached out splashes on dark denim, or inky blue denim, some designs constructed with fabrics and patches.

The Dsquared2 Icon capsule turns up this season with a new motto that matches the collection’s vibe – “I Can’t” – on T-shirts and sweatshirts. Destroyed grey sweatshirts and sweat shorts glimmer with allover mini crystal appliqué. Dsquared2’s signature Canadian red-and-black check is in a duffle coat, and shirt, other outerwear includes padded nylon parkas—inspired by those used for fishing adventures, shearlings, and a Montgomery coat constructed from a mix of fabrics including camouflage nylon and tweed. Broke garments are put together – track pants with camo inserts, and a T-shirt, sweater, and shirt combined in one piece.

Defining accessories, Dsquared2 debut a new monogram, small and refined, cubed and three-dimensional on a nylon parka and coated canvas accessories like a duffle bag and cap, or slighter larger format in a padded nylon backpack. Boots come in diverse styles: mountain, rain, and Western with decorative stitching. Furry lined clogs are worn with thick mouliné wooly socks for spending cold nights at home. Lost and found jewelry is piled on, trinkets and pearl necklaces that look like they are from mother’s jewelry box. Baseball caps are fitted with a holder for cigarettes, the ultimate accessory for the guy who just does not care.