Ahaha I love this blog SO much. Its such a cool idea, and you do so well with it. Your writing, pictures, and the variety of people you select makes this blog priceless. I just started a blog of mine, mainly a photography and fashion blog (photographicfashion.blogspot.com), but its nothing near as cool as yours! I love how you travel all over the place too, its very interesting to see how people dress from across the country.
A little weirded out by the beard and espadrilles, but there is something strangely chic about the look. But I think it only works in this exact pose. Imagine if he were sitting and the effect is blown.
It's a very laid back look. I wouldn't try out those particular pants but maybe something along those lines if they ever come out. These ones just look like "pre extreme diet" pants with an elastic waste. I love the collar of the t-shirt as well as the tattoos and bracelets.
YES PLEASE. I actually gasped out loud when this picture popped up in my RSS. Then I had to click on the site to blow it up. This man looks in-credible. Not too Hippie. Not wearing an urban kilt, not too fussy,a little rock in roll, and kinda like Luke Wilson (yum).
I really enjoyed this post. The pants are so fantastic. Is anyone else with me on maybe no elastic in the waist? Love the khaki but I would have shortened the hem an inch. I'd like to see them with a tonal mid thigh length jalaba. Maybe in all linen?
This is Benan. And this guy is the new deal. Normally I judge people who dress like this as trying too hard and being "fashionistas"- so Janne, most of everyone else who posted, I understand what you're saying- this isn't classically stylish. (People dress like this in Seattle!?) However, take the time to look at his fall collection preview for '09. You'll quickly see that he does have a very classic sense of style as well as this more eccentric personal taste (please note the somehow masculine leggings).
My first thought seeing this: I can't believe this is the same guy designing those beautiful three piece suits! All the b.s. about him growing the beard and how this relates to some story about how the clothing is more about the inside than the external blah blah- it's a cute pr story. But look at the clothing, the classic jackets, duffle coats- Hell the new Cuba line has this badass linen mechanic's overalls thing. It Is Freakin' Awesome. This guy should seriously be welcomed into "fashion"- he's all the classic masculinity that's missing from it, in my opinion. And you know what? He looks pretty chill wearing these absurd pants anyway.
By the way I haven't seen any of this stuff in person. It could be total garbage ;)
Maybe in India where this kind of pants have been worn forever. But in Florence ? Well they have to be worn by a westerner …. An immigrant would be scorned for not adapting to the Europen way of dressing.
I quite like the pants but why is he wearign espadrils, they are bad enough on women!!! My mother always told me to be suspicious of men with beards – they have something to hide! http://fashionpearlsofwisdom.blogspot.com/
Hi Anonymous (at 11.48 PM) â€“ I just checked out Umit Benan's collections, and I agree with you â€“ very stylish, classic cuts, great colors and all. He is obviously extremely talented. I just don't get these super-baggy pants. But hey – eccentricity is fine. It's pretentiousness I have a problem with. I don't know which category these fall into.
These pants, are like Hakama-traditional Japanese garments, kinda of worn like a wrap skirt,but similar to pants. They are still used in traditional martial arts to connote Shodan ranking! I think it's very well done, and the faux-toeless tabi slippers are a nice touch!
Most comments on the pictures are always very positive, even when I honestly could not find anything positive in these pictures. So when I saw this picture I was wondering if I would be facting all the "love it" and "great look" again. But luckily this time most of us agree that this is pushing it just a bit too far. That said, I really wish I could grow a beard like that!
This picture is so amusing to me, as from the waist down, it could be me!! The sarouel (drop-crotch pant) and espadrilles are staples in my wardrobe. Not sure about them on him, but why not? He looks like fun, if a little fundamentally intense. Don't like the prison tattoos, personally, but on the whole I'm a fan. Marl grey with khaki is a great look.
I love the wornout shirt, the pants and although I don't really like the espandrilles they are certainly better than flip flops. He looks confident and therefore stylish, not anybody can pull of a look like this. Thumbs up. … and the beard is just hot ;)
Just checked out the rest of his collection. Am in TOTAL agreement with Anonymous. His collection is very wearable, but with the inclusion of shapes like these pants, also forward-thinking.
Visual proportions become normalized to our eyes. Think about how the "boyfriend jean" was demonized on Katie Holmes last year, and now being graciously accepted in the mainstream. I love boundaries being tested, and Umit Benan's work does a great job of pushing our boundaries.
This look is what I call mind bending. It works so well conceptually to me, (comfort, hot weather attire, color) then it challenges the a, b, c's. Great shot for inspiration, I'd probably rework this a little to make the proportions "better" otherwise, I would love to see men in this look.
I'm a sucker for a man with a full beard. Love the hair, the glasses, the tats, the tee, the watch and the beads. He looses me from the waist down. I didn't know they made espadrilles for men. I just can't wrap my brain around that.
That is a bit TOO dropped- crotch in my opinion, though I like the tan and gray colors together. Nice contrast, Sart, of old Florence architecture and crazy camo truck. By the way, is that a tattoo of himself on his arm??
wow–would love to run into this person he must be a kick! I think the yohji-ish pants are super cool with the old grey t-shirt–doesn't seem to be trying too hard to me and you know those pants have got to be amazingly comfortable!
Um, some of this I like. I'm just wondering what the benefit of that culotte cut is. If it's supposed to be cool for the summer, why so much fabric? And wouldn't it be difficult to walk in? Why not wear a long skirt and REALLY freak people out? A skirt would match the espadrilles even more.
I am agog at the number of comments about men in espadrilles! They are the classic Mediterranean summer shoe and totally cool. Check out the heat given off by Alain Delon in "The Yellow Rolls Royce"–and his shoe of choice. No one can argue about his cojones!
haha…nice picture! Though I bet the guy is super comfortable in those shorts and espadrilles. But speaking of espadrilles a great and not too strange looking designs from Barcelona, Spain can be found at mycatshoes.com
Brilliant! He's comfortable and self-assured in this outfit, and at the same time is breaking barriers – as is evident form the many shocked comments to this post. Chic? Style? That's subjective of course. In any case a follower he isn't.
love espadrilles on men. But mens espadrilles do NOT have the ballet ties around the ankles. These are womens shoes, "not that there's anything wrong with that".
What makes these pants different from others of the same cut (thinking of the whirling dervishes I have seen) is the heavy papery fabric. I like the softer ones, but these are cool in a very weird way.
Fearless. People like him are crucial to fashion. It's moving towards the future, towards no boundaries of what one can wear. It is without regard to gender, or even to the body, it is simply a statement.
I've been around long enough to have worn a similar style to this in the late 80's (there is nothing new under the sun…) and they are very cool and comfortable…but I have to tell you, here in Australia they are called "poo catchers"
ah, Benan. don't know a tonne about him but what i do know sees him to be a very interesting, talented and stylish person. i like the pushing of the envelope with some of his pieces and the old-world gentleman style of others.
i really get a laugh out of the commentors making absolutist statements about what is 'for men' and 'for women' only . really funny. xx