November is anti-bullying month and final night time, on the Home of Lords, royalty, celeb and vogue got here collectively to focus on a rising downside. Bullying has all the time existed, however the proliferation of on-line communications has made all of it too straightforward for younger individuals to be focused. ‘Be Cool Be Good’ is a charitable basis set as much as deal with on-line bullying and assist victims. Alongside Princess Beatrice, who hosted the occasion, DSquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten additionally attended.
The Canadian twins’ exuberant designs and large-scale vogue exhibits have constructed a thriving €200m enterprise, however life wasn’t all the time snug for Dean and Dan Caten. Born in Toronto in 1964, the an identical twin brothers, the youngest of eight siblings, have been focused for being totally different. “As twin boys and being from an immigrant household rising up in a suburb outdoors of Toronto, we have been bullied,” they are saying. “After we have been at school we weren’t the standard adolescent boys and had totally different pursuits and have been bullied for that.”
Not like many victims, who undergo it alone, the pair might flip to one another for assist. “Having each other has all the time been a blessing, our bond has all the time been our strongest weapon,” they are saying. Even at this time they’re inseparable, sharing a big home in London and constructing a vastly profitable worldwide vogue enterprise collectively.
Vogue, the place distinction is commonly celebrated as an asset, supplied them a protected place. “Vogue has all the time been an outlet for our self-expression. We used it as a device to create a fabric artifact of our emotions and concepts. It actually gave us a voice and helped us to find a way of belonging. Vogue has all the time reassured us and made us really feel protected. Doing what you’re keen on offers you extra self-confidence.”
They’ve designed a ‘Be Cool Be Good’ vogue vary to lift cash and consciousness and encourage individuals to suppose, earlier than they remark on-line. “‘Be Cool Be Good’ is a trigger everybody can stand behind. If we did, it might change the world. It’s a matter of approaching everybody with the precise perspective.” However while garments might help give confidence they cannot do all of it, clarify the designers. “Crucial factor is the boldness you’ve gotten in your self and the braveness to be your self.”
To anybody who’s experiencing bullying they are saying, “You aren’t alone! You’re good the way in which you’re. It is very important disengage and ignore bullies. Being robust and courageous to be who you’re is your largest asset.”
Browse Dsquared2’s ‘Be Cool Be Good’ assortment beneath.