The orbit of the Trussardi family is a charmed one. For this season, house steward Umit Benan invited his audience inside. "The whole idea was to present the Trussardi world in a Summer way", he said. "I thought of Nicola Trussardi's youngest son, Tomaso, having his friends over from all over the world, waking up on a Saturday morning. I wanted to present that 15 minutes when they were headed to the beach". He visited the family's Summer home, and photographed them for a series of tongue-in...Read Full Story
You may wonder why Umit Benan comes at fashion with such a fiercely outsider point of view. He thinks so long and hard about what he does that his collections end up loaded with the kind of revelatory backstory you'd usually get from a celluloid auteur rather than a fashion designer. This show took that approach to new depths of intimacy. When the curtain parted, there were eight beds, eight couples, each of them acting out a morning ritual : reading papers, rubbing a lover's back, bickering...Read Full Story
Turkish law gives Umit Benan another seven years, at which time he'll turn 38, to complete his compulsory military service. Right now, that's not such a pressure. Still, the designer has seen his friends honor their obligation -and he's noted the positive effect it had on them. It's typical of him that he would turn that awareness into a fashion rumination on the military. A soldier's uniform is the genesis of the suit that we recognize today as the staple of a man's wardrobe, and the suit...Read Full Story
Designer Umit Benan thinks the Eighties were the quintessence of cool. He hardly knew the decade -he was born in 1980 in Stuttgart, Germany to Turkish parents- but he's been playing catch-up with his collections. His latest, for instance, was a salute to Nino Cerruti, who helped define men's style that decade. With his sterling grasp of stagecraft, Umit Benan mounted his presentation as an imagined leisurely luncheon in Lake Como decades hence, when Nino's grandson Oscar has his friends over...Read Full Story
It was only a matter of time before one of the established European houses snapped up Umit Benan, the cosmopolitan 32-year-old Milan-based designer with a gift for sartorial storytelling, a sophisticated color sense, and charm to spare. The only question was, would it be a good match ? What drew him to his new gig at Trussardi, he said at a preview a few hours before his début presentation, was the fact that the Italian company's golden age was the Eighties, the era that he continues to mine...Read Full Story
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