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The 2 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 6 of Milan Fashion Week

Psst... Roberto! Yes, you of the leopard spots--want to know the silver lining of showing the last day? In a Milan season where minimalism is king, when you show opposite the Caten twins' homage to O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E., critics will consider your white leather lace trousers positively restrained thereby boosting your fashion week GPA. Here's what they had to say.

Psst... Roberto! Yes, you of the leopard spots. Want to know the silver lining of showing the last day in Milan? In a season where minimalism is king and you show opposite the Caten twins' homage to O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E., critics will consider your white leather lace trousers positively restrained thereby boosting your fashion week GPA. Here's what they had to say.

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Dsquared Designers: Dean and Dan Caten

  • For those who dare, bottoms can be worn practically bare next season, with DSquared's spring/summer 2013 range of extremely mini all-in-ones, hot-pants turned thongs, and dresses made of straps that left nothing to the imagination." {AFP}
  • "The Canadian twins behind the DSquared label hit the 'excess' button on their spring-summer 2013 womenswear collection, which was four parts black biker chic and one part ruffles and ribbons." {The Associated Press}
  • "A collection long on mood but short on actual garments ... The bulk of the collection was just artifice, an excuse to put Amazon women in spike heels and watch them sashay. It was a voyeuristic approach that was less about admiration and more about objectification." {The Daily Beast/


  • "Holy gams! Dean and Dan Caten served up a 31-look homage to nineties supes sporting loads of leather, ample bling, and a mostly brief hemline situation (even the ruffled, cheetah print-lined cupcake poof of a finale frock was leggy as can be)." {Daily Front Row}
  • "The show notes put it like this: 'Chiffon soufflés, legs a go-go! Leather pleasures, biker couture…O.P.U.L.E.N.C.E. She owns everything, less is more, but more is not enough!’ ..Fun? Yes. Camp? Of course. And to sum up? Sometimes, there are just no words…" {}
  • "A familiar raunchy style, with models sashaying down the runway dressed as Las Vegas show girls." {International Herald Tribune}
  • "Like being transported back to the Sound Factory Bar of New York in the early 1990s, watching George Michael videos, camping it up with RuPaul and imagining what it would be like to be photographed by Scavullo." {On The Runway/The New York Times}
  • "All in all, a fun, sexy ride." {}
  • "It was so Nineties." { UK}
  • "A mash-up of Nineties Versace, Chanel and Moschino." {WWD}

Roberto Cavalli Designer: Roberto Cavalli

  • "Roberto Cavalli was bound to be tame in comparison." {AFP}
  • "Roberto Cavalli closed the door on Milan Fashion Week with a show that had little to do with his trademark sexpot hype." {The Associated Press}
  • "For a designer known to champion a sexually flamboyant aesthetic, his was a restrained collection." {The Daily Beast/


  • "Ridden with lace and awash with fluttery transparent layering, Cavalli's vision for Spring '13 is sexy, sure, but with a lighter touch than the animal print-flooded, overt sauciness the designer is perhaps best known for." {Daily Front Row}
  • "Not that you could call white leather lace trousers minimalism exactly, but ... there was a distinct stripped-backness to the proceedings." {}
  • "Cavalli got the mood spot on with this finale, a signature line collection inspired by the delicacy of Art Nouveau and targeted at slim-line women of self-assured beauty." {Fashion Wire Daily}
  • "Roberto Cavalli's signature brand of sex appeal got cleaned up for Spring 2013 with a collection that examined dark and light--both in fabrics and in the women who wear them." {fashionologie}
  • "Compared to the raucous, sexually charged shows that the designer has shown in the past, these clothes were gentle, give or take sharp shoulders on a jacket." {International Herald Tribune}
  • "Uncharacteristically restrained. This is a designer who uses animal prints to decorate his boats, after all, so the clean dresses and suits made of layered, over-embroidered white lace that opened his show were a surprise." {On The Runway/The New York Times}
  • "He was also referring to today's collection as '43 paintings,' which translated as 43 ways to frame the body of a woman. With the amount of skin on display, there wasn't a hell of a lot to some of the 'frames,' but they were so masterfully constructed that the power of suggestion won out over bare-all revelation." {}
  • "You might expect Roberto Cavalli’s spring show to be a full-on cavalcade of animal print and sexy dresses with not much room for nuancing such alien fashion forces as the new covering up and big trousers. Yet, surprise: for perhaps two-thirds of the show, Cavalli showed his acquaintance with such potentially antisexy ideas as long tunics over trousers; the importance of having shirttails cover the rear; the new, stiffly wide-cut sleeve; and the mannish trouser." {}
  • "Dresses that hung loose and lean on the body were sexy but not too brash--those versions stepped in later--embroidered and beaded, slashed and diced into shape." { UK}
  • "This was Cavalli in Zen mode, framing his feral brand of sex appeal in elegance and modernity." {WWD}