Fall/Winter 2016 Collection
Since its launch in 2011, burgeoning streetwear label Les Benjamins has clearly established itself as a brand out of Istanbul with a hybrid design philosophy, creating sophisticated urban separates that explore both Eastern and Western aesthetics. Founder and Creative Director, Bunyamin Aydin has solidified a distinct look by fusing together aspects from past and present culture. Focusing on the notion of community as well as connectivity, it is this clashing of cultures that defines the brand. With an emphasis on Eastern-European heritage as well as punk and hip-hop subcultures, Les Benjamins has found a range supporters from the Turkish youth to cultural icons like Travis Scott, Skepta, and Wiley.
The newest 2016 fall/winter collection “Ottoman Punk” was on display this past weekend at Via Clerici, Milan Fashion Week. The presentation was nothing short of a spectacle with a barrage of majestic Sufi whirling dancers amongst a contrasting crew of fearsome, heavily tattooed and hair-dyed models. As with previous collections, “Ottoman Punk” explores the unique union of Turkish heritage and modern day sportswear. The bold collection combined detailed baroque embroidery with culturally inspired prints - familiar iconic faces, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Grace Jones and Salvador Dali gazed out from tops that ranged in length from kaftan to t-shirt. With this collection, Les Benjamins has continued to progress as a luxury sportswear and lifestyle brand.