Birgit Kos + Irina Shayk Play At War Games For Dsquared2 Spring 2019 Campaign By Mert + Marcus

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The urban warriors from Dsquared2 Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show are led by Birgit Kos and Irina Shayk in a new campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. Other models in the ‘romantization of combat’ campaign include Martijn Faaij, Barak Shamir, Paulo Spencer, Tommy Hackett, Janusz Kuhlmann, Deano Perona, Jordan Genidogan, Elliot Meeten and William Los./ Art direction by Giovanni Bianco; hair by Sam McKnight; make-up by Gordon Espinet.

Meeting in their city hangout, a disused railway station on the edge of the city, the urban pack appear in color-saturated scenes that mix the high energy of the collection and industrial elements of the setting of Milan’s Orobia Factory. Military codes and turn of the century style corsetry details on the accessories and ready-towear – including long, trailing laces – are captured in movement, flying when jumping a stair rail and riding bikes through the vast space.

Do not be fooled. The Dsquared team is not training to fight ISIS, like the brave Kurdish women soldiers. Attending a sneakers convention like the October 2018 one at Milan’s Orobia Factory is their next big priority. Unfortunately, these unbelievably brave Kurdish women are in serious danger of dying if the US pulls out 2000+ highly-trained military support staff working with the Kurds in Syria. Real life is so much more complicated — although I fully admit to liking and wearing utilitarian-inspired clothing inspired by the Kurdish women soldiers. And I use every fashion story opportunity to tell stories of brave women in military-related real life. ~ Anne