KING OF CHIC

VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - VOGUEHOMMANIA - IN­TER­VIEW BY Olivier LALANNE PHO­TO­GRAPH Mar­cello Ju­nior DINO

“God is black”, the Umit Benan run­way show was one of the high­lights of the Spring / Sum­mer 2019 sea­son. A strong col­lec­tion pared down to the es­sen­tial skil­fully meld­ing the spirit of Mal­colm X, Martin Luther King, Tu­pac Shakur, striped djellabas, trousers and a sa­hari­enne in linen, wild silk py­ja­mas, car­bon or im­mac­u­late suits and tuxedo jack­ets … Im­pec­ca­ble.

VOGUE HOMMES

What are you wear­ing in the photo?

UMIT BENAN

Cot­ton and linen work­wear trousers, a white kaf­tan shirt, a ter­rycloth blue robe and a green wool and cash­mere coat, all Umit Benan.

VOGUE HOMMES

What is the spirit of Umit Benan’s style?

UMIT BENAN

I’d say it’s street sar­to­rial. Where rules don’t ex­ist. But you’ve got to have the right mas­cu­line at­ti­tude. I’d say in win­ter, it would be cot­ton work­wear trousers or py­jama trousers with a silk shirt and a long wool or cash­mere coat. How­ever, in the sum­mer, it would be a linen suit. A silk wife–beater shirt, with es­padrilles.

VOGUE HOMMES

Why did you choose to launch a see now buy now col­lec­tion?

UMIT BENAN

I de­cided to stop show­ing my col­lec­tions to the press. I just wanted some time off from pub­lic opin­ion. In gen­eral. Apart from that, with see now buy now I can avoid be­ing in­flu­enced by what the stores do or don’t buy. I de­sign a col­lec­tion and pro­duce di­rectly what I like. That’s what makes me happy. Not what oth­ers like and buy. That way I can re­main true to

my­self and more fo­cused.

VOGUE HOMMES

What is “chic” for you?

UMIT BENAN

There are two com­ple­men­tary parts to chic in a man. One is based on char­ac­ter; the other is re­lated to his clothes. The first is about at­ti­tude. On a man it’s mostly the at­ti­tude, man­ners and val­ues. Ba­si­cally, how he moves, the way he talks to women. His fam­ily val­ues. The sec­ond is about style. A man has got to have a sense of tex­ture and colour. Linen, silk and cash­mere are chic lay­ers. In short, be­ing chic is be­ing in to­tal con­fi­dence

with your­self.

VOGUE HOMMES

Who is your chicest fic­tional hero?

UMIT BENAN

Pa­trick Bate­man in Amer­i­can Psy­cho. I be­lieve some­times be­ing a psy­cho could be very chic.

VOGUE HOMMES An icon of chic? UMIT BENAN

Ataturk. The Fa­ther of all Turks and the great­est Turk of all times.

VOGUE HOMMES A chic song? UMIT BENAN

Chris de Burgh’s “The Lady in Red”.

VOGUE HOMMES

The chicest place you’ve ever been?

UMIT BENAN

My friend Ter­ron Schae­fer’s apart­ment in New York. There’s some­thing ex­tremely chic about the way he lives. He hap­pens to be one of my chicest friends.

VOGUE HOMMES

How should a man dress to be chic in 2018?

UMIT BENAN

High–waisted clas­sic trousers. A silk shirt and a DB cash­mere coat.

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