The Umit Benan Spring 2014 menswear collection had models wearing masks on the runway. Benan has done this before, but this runway show was designed to look like a mens-only Turkish café. To create this atmosphere, the men walked on carpets, marching to the beat of a darbuka. The men wore cartoonish masks that added traditional Turkish headwear and facial hair to their heads.
Accessories like sullen-faced masks, cigarettes and canes age the youthful models, furthering the illusion that the show took place in a smoky Turkish café rather than a runway in Milan.
Despite the elaborate atmosphere and accessories, the collection's garments are quite simple. Benan mixed stylistic details from traditional Turkish clothing with modern sportswear forms. Without all the props, the garments are mature, elegant and easy to wear.
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