Headed for the road, Dsquared2’s worldwide wanderer is destined for the places she’s already travelled in her mind. The Pre-Fall 22 collection is the wardrobe for the journey, mixed with the pieces she found on the way. Her suitcase is a dress-up box, and her looks are inspired by the possibilities of the places she will discover. One day she’s outdoors under the falling leaves of nature she’s never seen, another meeting new friends on a rooftop towering amongst a foreign city’s skyscrapers.
The collection plays on layering colour, pattern and Dsquared2’s key style essentials. Denim is loose, washed and worn-in, faded and embellished with souvenir patches. Outerwear becomes a trusted travel buddy—the memories of her trip will star the statement coat thrown over every look. Shearlings are oversized with a 70s attitude. Long coats are in patterns, plaids, or florals, while a leather jacket is constructed with puffer sleeves. For unexpected nights in new towns, there’s a black velour bomber glistening with silver glitter, and jackets in bright pink, and raspberry velvet.
Dresses come short and floaty; or languid and body-skimming. Stripes colour soft, long dresses and are also found on poncho style boxy shirts. An ankle-length sweatshirt dress is paired with socks and furry slides. Americana folk prints and tapestry florals are on dresses worn with jersey leggings and hiking boots. An explosive volcano illustration appears on a variety of styles like a long skirt, dresses and appliquéd onto a leather coat and hoodie shirt hybrid. Abstract berries are printed on a short-sleeve shirt dress, worn on top of cargo shorts and leggings and hiking boots. Awash in a pattern of all-over coloured sequins, a long tunic dress and skirts have an irreverent glam vibe.
Bohemian style knits include thick and narrow braided scarves, cropped tanks, long cardigans, and hand-knitted effect sweaters styled over a frilled minidress and platform boots; or with cropped yellow sweatpants, a speckled coat and crystal covered ankle strap sandals worn over mouliné socks.
The season’s pant is slouchy, low slung and loose, in Dsquared2 cotton canvas, or velvet cord, faded blue denim or tiger print. These are worn with Western belts, T- shirts and double-breasted jackets, denim jackets or bustier dresses, or styled more laid back with flowy printed tunic shirts and leather jackets.
All the accessories add an extra layer of a freewheeling style to the journey. Polished leather hiking boots, nylon duffles, and embroidered patch covered backpacks are designed for when it’s time to change course. For hanging out in a new favourite place, there’s oversized shoppers and mini cross body bags, woollen beanies, and coloured stone rings created to be stacked on the same finger and double buckled slides that slip easily over thick socks.