.Departing from last season’s Ottoman inspired collection, Les Benjamins has taken it up a notch to adhere to a new ethnic vision. Istanbul-based Bunyamin Aydin traveled to the Sahara for the Spring/Summer 2017 collection, incorporating Tuareg and North African designs and inspirations into his collection, for which he staged a Paris presentation for the first time.
The zebra pattern was updated, mixed with denim harem shorts — a trend repeated throughout the collection — and matching jacket. Then there is the traditional carpet pattern as an addition on the back of a simple white bomber jacket. Tribal face painting was another dominant feature, tossed into this crazy salad of zebra stripes in black and white on the sleeves of a leather perfecto, for example. This was truly a varied versions of a desert in an urban setting.