Dean and Dan Caten

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Dean and Dan Caten
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Dean and Dan Caten
Born Dean and Dan Catenacci
(1964-12-19) December 19, 1964 (age 50)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality Canadians
Occupation Fashion designers
Awards
  • “The Best Breakthrough Design Team” by GQ USA "Men of the Year" – 2003
  • “Aguja de Oro” – 2006
  • “Best designers of the year” by GQ Spain “Man of the Year” – 2007
  • “Best designers of the year” by GQ Germany “Man of the Year” – 2008
  • A star on Canada’s Walk of Fame - 2009
Labels DSQUARED2

Dean and Dan Caten (born Dean and Dan Catenacci) are identical twin brothers, fashion designers, founders and owners of DSQUARED2, an international fashion house.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Dean and Dan Caten were born in 1964 as Dean and Dan Catenacci in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in the Willowdale area. They are the youngest of nine children. Their father is from a small town near Sora, Italy.

In 1983, they moved to New York to study fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, but stayed for only one semester before returning to Toronto. Finding a financial backer in 1986, they launched their first signature womenswear collection, DEanDAN. By 1988 they had signed on to label Ports International (currently Ports 1961)[1] as creative directors to bring the company more fashion forward and upscale. At the same time, the Catens designed for their lower-end, leisure brand, Tabi International. In 1991, the brothers moved to Milan, Italy where they worked as designers for the house of Gianni Versace, and denim brand Diesel, the latter of which funded and launched their namesake brand.[2] They debuted their men's collection in 1994, and in 2003, they launched a women's collection and a men's underwear collection.[3]

Design and fashion shows[edit]

The brothers are known for designing clothes and staging elaborate fashion shows. They design men's and women's apparel, men's and women's footwear, fragrances, and cosmetics.[4][2] A runway show in 2005 ended with Christina Aguilera stripping male models of their clothes.[3] In September 2007, the DSquared2 fashion show in Milan featured Rihanna entering the stage in an American muscle car, followed by a runway walk.[5] In January 2010, the DSquared2 Autumn/Winter 2010 menswear show in Milan featured Bill Kaulitz descending from the ceiling in a caged elevator à la Rocky Horror Picture Show, followed by a runway walk.[6] Bill Kaulitz opened and closed the Dsquared2 Autumn/Winter 2010 menswear show in Milan.[7]

Their designs have been worn by Britney Spears,[8] Madonna,[2] Tokio Hotel's lead singer Bill Kaulitz, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Nicolas Cage, and Lenny Kravitz.[9] In 2000–01, Madonna commissioned them to design over 150 pieces for her Drowned World Tour 2001 and "Don't Tell Me" music video.[2] DSquared2's design was also featured in Britney Spears 2009 world tour The Circus Starring Britney Spears and Tokio Hotel's Welcome to Humanoid City tour.

They have been featured on America's Next Top Model[2] and they appeared in the music video for Fergie's "Clumsy"[10] and The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling".

In 2006, the brothers were selected to design the new official uniforms for football team Juventus.[2] In March 2008, the Catens signed an agreement to design sunglasses with Marcolin, an Italian sunglasses and spectacle manufacturer.[4]

DSquared2 stores[edit]

In June 2007, the first DSquared2 flagship was opened in Milan's fashion district. Stores have also opened in St Moritz, Athens, Mykonos, Capri, Istanbul, Kiev, Cannes, Singapore, Paris, Nicosia and Hong Kong.[11]

Awards[edit]

The Catens were awarded the 2003 GQ Men of the Year Breakout Design Award. In 2006, they received the Golden Needle Award.[2]

On June 16, 2009, it was announced that the duo would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. The induction ceremony was held on September 12, 2009.[12]

Radio and television[edit]

The Caten brothers host their own radio program called Dean and Dan on Air: Style in Stereo. The show began airing on May 5 on Sirius XM satellite radio’s BPM channel and features a variety of music (including soundtracks from select DSquared2 runway shows), along with celebrity interviews, fashion and political discussions. The Caten brothers co-hosted and judged Launch My Line, a competition reality show on Bravo, which began airing in December 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.modernfeed.com/show/PORTS_1961_FASHION/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Fashion Designers: DSquared2/Dean and Dan Caten". fashiontv. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  3. ^ a b "DSquared2". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  4. ^ a b Deeny, Godfrey. "DSquared2 Sign Eyewear License with Marcolin". Fashion Wire Daily. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  5. ^ Phelps, Nicole. "Runway Review: DSquared2". Style.com. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Milan Catwalk Fashion Show fw2010: D Squared2 & Tokio Hotel". teampeterstigter.com. Retrieved 2010-01-19.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/twin-power-backstage-at-dsquared-2418521?justin=2418521
  8. ^ "DSquared Goes To The Circus". Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  9. ^ "DSquared2 by Dean and Dan Caten". fashionwindows.com, Inc. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  10. ^ "Clumsy with the Catens". Hollywoodlife.net. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  11. ^ "DSquared2: Stores". DSquared2. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  12. ^ "The Stars Align at the 12th Annual Canada's Walk of Fame presented by Daria Werbowy who also has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.". Canada's Walk of Fame. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 

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