Fashion

Italian naughty-nice boutique grows up, tones down in L.A.

When DSquared2, the Italian-by-way-of-Canada luxury brand helmed by identical twins Dan and Dean Caten, opened the doors of its first U.S. stand-alone retail space in Beverly Hills in mid-September, it seemed uncharacteristically subdued. After all, this is a cheeky luxury label whose inspirations have included a hockey/"Rocky Horror Picture Show" mash-up and prison life.

Fashion

Tassels and textures: 2 style setters create stylish accessories collection

In the fashion world, creativity and collaboration go together like needle and thread. Ever since legendary couturier Elsa Schiaparelli and pal Salvador Dali won rave reviews for their stiletto hat in the '30s, designers and retailers have realized the power of teamwork to push aesthetic boundaries and inspire buyers to splurge on something they've never seen before.

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