DSquared2 hits excess button on new collection

COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Leave it to Dean and Dan Caten to go over the top.

The Canadian twins behind the DSquared2 label hit the "excess" button on their spring-summer 2013 womenswear collection Monday on the last day of Milan Fashion Week.

The collection was four parts black biker chic and one part ruffles and ribbons.

The excess was especially strong on the accessories, with gold chains and strands of pearls draped by the dozen around the models necks.

Bare legs were the centerpiece of most of the outfits, be they cheek-baring hot pants, mini-dresses or even micro-minis small enough to confuse with belts. The looks were paired with high-heeled leather sandals or boots for maximum sex appeal.

Beneath all the gold chains and baubles, there were sometimes simple garments, mostly in black and sometimes white, including long elegant evening dresses with trains, jackets with a bottom ruffle and distressed jeans and summer shorts.

On the skimpier end of the spectrum, there was a black body suit with leather strands stretched across the midriff, worn with black gloves and mid-calf sandal-boots.

The collection reached a crescendo with a gown fit for Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts. Mini in the front, the dress rippled out to an oversized squared train, edged with wide purple-and-black ribbon. A large ruffle fanned over the bust line in this creation strictly for the statuesque.

"Unapologetically sexy and rigorously glamour, " the twins wrote in their fashion notes. "Nothing exceeds like excess."