6 February 2009

Simply For You


"What you see is not what you get"

I recently ran across Umit Benan's self titled first collection and what met me in concept and form was simply beautiful. When he first moved to New York, Benan shockingly found that on many occasions he was barred entry into his own apartment complex and refused service in many high end boutiques. Apparently it seems, judging a book by its front cover is quite the status quo, indeed once Benan had shaved off his slightly scruffy beard, he found to his surprise that his woes seemed to vanish along with it.

Outward appearance played the key role and central inspiration for Umit Benan's menswear line. The clothing was purposely given a rough and aged look, conjuring up the notion of aged finery, no doubt like the man himself. The garments were deceptively crafted using only the highest end fabrics, from cashmere to fine combed cotton. Yet the elegance of these finishes were hidden, only for the wearers' pleasure, on the interior of the garment. There is something about clothing made in such a way, for the owners' delight, that I find greatly appealing and in its very sense, intrinsic to my love of fashion.

Reversing many of the fabrics allowed Benan to give his clothing a slightly rougher and unkempt look, whilst still using the highest qualities of fabric and construction. In essence the clothing is made primarily for the owner, the delicate and fine fabrics for them, with the otherwise hidden side proudly on display. Interestingly however, far from making the collection simply seem like inverted clothing, the quality this decision gave was of a warmer, and arguably more accessible tone to the clothing. For me this collection is of classic tailoring and high quality garments, made for the joyous appreciation of the owner, yet most importantly, made to be worn.

Currently playing: Entourage - Omarion

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15 comments:

  1. What a marvelous idea: Clothes that look rough and tough on the outside, but feel fantastic on the inside. Must notify my husband ...

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  2. The clothes look great.
    I think I've seen this gentleman on The Sartorialist before too.

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  3. actually, i love the hat. great model too. thanks for the note. yeah, it does seem that way you spoke of at work. but then it never fails you've got somebody low on the totem poll who acts as if they are charge..when they aren't.

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  4. i totally love this collection its so cute. It is essentially what every designer should be able to do, create a concept and make sure it does not get lost in translation......good post.. :oD

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  5. I just found your blog and I think it's great!!! I love well dressed old men! :-)

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  6. What fantastic clothing! I love his concept, and I quite like the beard. His clothes do have that 'rough' look to them but you can tell that they are very well manufactured pieces. I love the picture of him with the basketball!

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  7. he reminds me of my grandfather!

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  8. old man fashion!
    he reminds me of this guy that was interviewed in Vice magazine.
    the guy also dressed up sometimes in outfits that would change the way he might get treated , ie - a garbage collector.

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  9. Oh, these photos are just great. These clothes here are so masculine and dapper and rugged all at once. He has so much character!

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  10. That hair is amaazing.
    I really like the post and his collection, and I really want the paler boots

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  11. I think the clothes very interesting, but what I like even more is the concept of the model, a mature man.

    xoxo

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  12. I love the ease in these lookbook images....

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  13. Oh my god I love those shots!

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  14. my dear these pieces are amazing.love his foresight in reversing the fabrics to give a rougher feel.adore the cuts,finish and all the pieces.would wear them all!
    muah x
    marian

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  15. The photography is, indeed, so very good. I love the bare presentation and how great these pieces seem, and just love your written piece.

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