I wanna be your D2g – the bondage trousers

One of the last looks on the runway for the AW16-17 show was a punk/skin look wearing what the twins calls ‘bungy jump boots’ (another post will discuss these), bomber jacket, half-kilt, and ‘punk diamond bondage pants’.

Bondage influence is nothing new at Dsquared, the AW07-08 collections (men and women) already featured harnesses, leather masks…

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Now, in relation to these very pants. Made of 100% wool with a ‘black watch’ tartan print, embroidered and sequined flower motifs at the front, plus several zippers and the classic straps that qualify the item as ‘bondage’.


The style might have originated in the BDSM community, but became mainstream when Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood mixed and matched Teddy boys clothes and bondage gear to sell at their boutique “Sex”, which was the hanging spot for what were to bceome the Bromley contingent or the Sex Pistols (Siouxie Sioux, Billy Idol would have been part of that scene). The trousers later became popular amongst some youths such as self-styled ‘goths’. Their popularity caused controversy to the point of being banned in several American schools.

A dubious theory states that the origins of the pants came from homeless people who put straps on their pants so they could hold on to a train.

An amusing anecdote is reported by musician Don Letts, who was a Bob Marley fan (his own parents having emigrated from there to the UK) and became friends with the king of Reggae. He was also part of the early Punk scene and therefore combined the rasta dreadlocks with some elements of the Punk style. He recalls that the last time he and Bob Marley spoke. He was 19 and was wearing bondage trousers. Bob looked at him and said: “What ya deal wid dem nasty punk rockers, yu look like a bloodclaat mountaineer!

I had to research the latter term: it is Jamaican patois, the direct translation is ‘Blood Cloth’, meaning sanitary towel. Being called bloodclaat seems to be a way of saying that you’re filthy.

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Don Letts with Bob Marley
A friend of mine and serial Dsquared2 purchaser immediately fell in love with the D2 pants after seeing the AW16-17 show and the trousers available on pre-order on the official D2 site. After a short discussion I pointed out that they would be difficult to wear…and he admitted that this was probably true.

Where could you wear them? At work? Not really. Shopping on 5th avenue? Probably not. At the restaurant? Are you for real?….So that leaves us with S&M gay bars and Goth vaults.

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