MILAN — Dean and Dan Caten are training for an alley-oop.
The founders and creative directors of Dsquared2 have teamed with Chicago Bulls shooting guard Dwyane Wade on a capsule collection that will launch exclusively at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations and at saks.com next spring.
The Dsquared2 for Dwyane Wade collection celebrates the relaxed elegance of the basketball player — who wore a custom-designed Dsquared2 tuxedo for his wedding in Miami in 2014 — combined with the brand’s signature aesthetic and fit.
The collection will include nine pieces for both daytime and nightlife occasions.
“After having known Dean and Dan for many years, with their innovative designs influencing my style choices, I am thrilled to partner with Dsquared2 on a collection for Saks Fifth Avenue that expresses our shared vision of fashion as a means of creative expression,” said Wade, who will collaborate with the brand on a second capsule debuting later this year.
“Dean and Dan push boundaries and redefine fashion. I have incredible respect for what they do,” he continued. “Collaborating with two of the world’s most creative visionaries is a dream come true and we are creating a high-fashion collection that embodies fit, style and bold elegance. Each design reflects my personal taste and lifestyle, but is also geared toward the everyday man with an elevated fashion sense.”
Among the key pieces included in the capsule are wool jogging pants matched with a poplin T-shirt decorated with a maxi “3,” Wade’s jersey number, which also appears as a washed patch on a denim shirt in which the back is printed with the name “Wade” in black. Outerwear options include a biker jacket combining leather with denim reflecting Dsquared2’s signature patchwork, as well as a sporty nylon bomber with an athletic appeal. A geometric symbol designed by Wade is printed on the back pocket of a pair of white narrow fitted jeans washed to obtain a 3-D effect.
The Dsquared2 for Dwyane Wade collection also offers a quite eccentric, creative take on tailoring with a tuxedo showing a camouflage Lurex jacquard jacket featuring black satin lapels matched with stretch wool slim pants and a poplin shirt embellished with crystal touches.
“The collection is the perfect union of Dwyane’s instinct for fashion and Dsquared2 signatures. Working together with him on this capsule for Saks is the essence of our friendship and creative coming together,” said Dean Caten. “Dwyane is known for the way he puts together a casual look and with tailored pieces, and the collection we have created together reflects that modern style and spirit.”
Eric Jennings, vice president and fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue, added: “We love Dean and Dan’s signature bold style infused with Dwyane’s creative vision.”
In the meantime, the Caten brothers are gearing up to unveil their fall men’s and women’s Dsquared2 collections, which will be presented with a single show to be held in Milan on Sunday.
“The fashion system itself needs to be as fluid and modern as the changes that it perpetrates on the runway and we’re ready for a new approach — and it’s one that comes naturally to us, because we always design the Dsquared2 man with the Dsquared2 woman in mind and vice versa,” said Dan Caten, explaining the company’s decision to unify its men’s and women’s runway shows. “This helps in the wholesale run of the business where we now have the advantage of being able to deliver product on time.”
Asked about the main inspiration of the two collections, it’s “Canada, home sweet home,” exclaimed Dean Caten, noting that both the men’s and women’s fall lineups incorporate strong outdoor elements.
Oversize silhouettes and buffalo plaid fabrics will also define the show, which will be enlightened by pops of color.
Dsquared2, which kicked off an aggressive retail expansion strategy in 2015 leading to the openings of flagships in key locations such as New York, Miami and Los Angeles, as well as a second store in Paris, recently inaugurated a boutique in Amsterdam and is about to hit Las Vegas.
“We’re really excited about it. The same way we have matured and learned is reflected in the brand,” said Dan Caten. “There is more activity happening and the business is growing.”