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Dean (left) and Dan Caten

The standout pieces of S/S ’17

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Their S/S ’17 collection blends ’80s Dynasty chic with streetwear (big shoulders and lots of embellishments).

Dan: “This season, we take inspiration from the Dynasty era and modern-day streetwear. The sexy minidress with the mink sleeves, the sequinned jeans and embellished sweatshirt represent the collection perfectly.”

Dean: “The shoes, with their surrealist and baroque-inspired embellishments, are full of attitude. Complete the look with a tiger-print jacket and denim jeans – studded with Swarovski crystals – that look like they’re swathed in diamonds.”

 

A must-do at Ceresio 7, their restaurant in Milan

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The twins’ Ceresio 7 Pools And Restaurant opened during Milan Fashion Week 2013, and remains the place to be seen for the beau monde.

Dan: “Come early to our rooftop restaurant and have a cocktail by the pool lounge before dinner. Order something from the raw menu – the fish is really good because that’s our chef’s speciality.”

Dean: “Start off the evening by the poolside with a glass of our signature spritzer, which is specially made from a blood orange liqueur from Sicily.”

 

The ultimate party spot

Dan: “I always have a good time at London’s Cirque le Soir with its circus-meets-burlesque-themed nights. It’s crazy.”

Dean: “Our Notting Hill home in London. It’s perfect for a private do with a few friends. And if it ever gets messy, no one’s going to know.”

 

 

Where to shop for great furniture

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Milan’s Nilufar gallery (left) is the twins’ go-to furniture haunt, specialising in rare 20th century lighting and furniture, such as the “Automn” cabinet (right) by Polish designer Piotr Sierakowski.

Dan: “Nilufar in Milan’s Via della Spiga. The owner has an exquisite eye for vintage pieces and a tight curation. We got a few things for our restaurant and home from her.”

Dean: “I turn to Iran-born Nina Yashar, who runs Milanese design gallery Nilufar. She has amassed a fortune of mid-century pieces by masters such as Gio Ponti, including designs he created for hotels in Capri in the ’50s.”

 

Favourite film

Dan: “I recently caught the comedy Bad Moms (2016) on the plane and thought it was so funny because of the reality and irony in its portrayal (of overbearing mums). I went, ‘Oh my god, if these are bad mums, then I’ll make a good mother.’”

Dean: “Avatar (2009) – it’s a beautiful film about love and peace.”

 

Music artiste he has on loop 

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In Dan’s playlist: Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain (1984).

Dan: “I’ve been listening to Prince’s Purple Rain (1984) album a lot of late. I guess after a musician passes on, people tend to be nostalgic and revisit his or her work.”

Dean: “I adore Prince and the proteges he produced like Apollonia Kotero and Vanity 6. Some of my favourite hits of his are When Doves Cry and Sign O’ The Times.”

 

What he collects

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Dan is a collector of the late American artist Basquiat’s neo-expressionist art pieces.

Dan: “I own five of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works. He was an expressive artist, and the fact that he had such a limited amount of work in a relatively short career makes his creations even rarer.”

Dean: “Diamond jewellery by London’s Graff Diamonds – the same place where the Queen buys hers.”

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Photo Tom Nicholson/Rex

This story first appeared in Female’s February issue. 

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