The palette of the new Dsquared2 Pre-Fall 2017 collection featured red, white, and black—was lifted directly from the Olympic gear they created for the Canadian team, influenced by the country’s iconic maple-leaf flag.
Beyond the color scheme, there are tree prints on a silk twill dress, and the kind of rugged-looking clothes you might even wear walking through woods like those, including lots of buffalo-plaid wool outerwear and hybridized sweaters that married techy nylon with fine gauge knits. Caramel-color leather was bonded to jersey for pants and jackets that could quite literally stand up to harsh weather. Direct from the factory, the bonded leather had a rigid quality, one that would presumably soften and burnish with wear, in the great outdoors or elsewhere.
This was not a collection of the sexed-up, stripped-down variety one tends to see at the Catens’ runway shows. Instead, it showcased their sportswear chops and technical know-how. The results were more practically attuned to the day-to-day rhythms of their clients, with a graphically color-blocked body-con dress and some fluttery black chiffon numbers for date night and other special occasions.