Holiday Shopper: Get Thee to the Gap for the Dsquared2 Sweatshirt
Photos courtesy of Dsquared2 and The Gap.
This week, Gap is stocking sweatshirts designed by the “Coolest Designers on the Planet.”
That lofty title was given by GQ — the international men’s fashion bible — to eight designers from around the globe who were handpicked by the editors of the magazine and the retailer to reinterpret the classic Gap sweatshirt. Every fall since 2007, Gap collaborates with GQ for a limited edition collection which highlights emerging American menswear designers. This marks the first time the program was expanded internationally to include some of the hottest menswear labels today.
Included in this marquee lineup of designers are Canadians Dean and Dan Caten. Born in Toronto, the 53-year-old identical twin brothers are the design talent behind the mega-popular Milanese label, Dsquared2. The brand is renowned globally for their sexy, hip and cheeky aesthetic — with dollops of Canadiana motifs thrown in.
The duo’s reinterpretation of the classic Gap sweatshirt has a 1980s neon graffiti vibe. “We went through the Gap archives and decided to incorporate all the logos; each one really brings back a memory. The side-zip detail and cotton shirt underlay put our Dsquared2 touch on the silhouette,” they explained to GQ.
Their list of fans includes Madonna, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Nicolas Cage and Lenny Kravitz. Their splashy Milan fashion shows also had Rihanna and Christina Aguilera strutting the runway.