Dispatches from Fall '11

Pesko's Pics: Umit Benan

Our man in Milano brings you the best of the brand new men's collections.

Patrick Bateman, welcome to the 21st century.

The sharpest you could ever hope to look wearing sweats.

Umit Benan showed his fourth collection ever on Sunday night in a smoky Milan hotel bar. The setting, like everything Umit does, was planned and thought out to the last detail. His collections are built around a single character and the world (and clothes) he lives in. This season’s was an American Psycho-esque ’80s-era Wall Street banker, a theme that works strikingly well with Benan’s savant-like way with a tailored garment: In some places he’s screen-printed paisleys onto shoulder-darted suiting, and in others he’s created volume without bulk. For such a character-driven collection, the Turkish-born, Milan-based designer has kept it a wearable proposition. These garments could (and should) fit into any man’s wardrobe, and make the entirety better for it. Enthusiasm, luxury, humor, and a bit of a punkish attitude are infused into everything this young man makes; it’s no surprise his star is rising in the menswear world.

A double-breasted case for the man-skirt.

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