When two declared party animals like Dean and Dan Caten mark their 20th anniversary, one can expect a blowout celebration. The duo did not disappoint — at least on the frolic front — with a gobsmacking venue and live entertainment.
Heavy rain did not impede guests from flocking to the Hangar Bicocca in Milan on Friday night, where Anselm Kiefer’s installation “The Seven Heavenly Palaces” served as backdrop for a decidedly lackluster fashion show. There was one recurring look — skinny denim pants with cowboy boots, plus outerwear options ranging from common puffers to lumberjack jackets inspired by the duo’s home and native land. This looked best when the Canadian mountaineer took on a rock ’n’ roll guise in gargantuan parkas generously lined with fur and styled with matching trapper hats.
The highlight was a surprise performance by Mary J. Blige, who walked out for the finale dressed in an embroidered burgundy tuxedo, followed by the twins lip-synching to her rendition of U2’s “One.” It was her birthday, too.
Dsquared2 addicts were no doubt looking for more fashion. But, then again, this was meant as a party, and the Catens have little to prove after two decades in business and having attained 2014 revenues of 205 million euros, or $242 million. While guests were frantically trying to get a shot of Blige for their Instagram and Facebook pages, she belted out her anthem “Family Affair”: “We don’t need no haters; we just want y’all to have a good time.” And so we did.