When crafting a collection, many a label looks to its cultural roots in a bid to ensure that its newest garments reflect its deep-set ethos and history. So, when it came time for streetwear name LES BENJAMINS to dream up its FW21 collections, this is exactly what it did.
For the brand’s Forgotten Pacenotes project, designer Bunyamin Aydin has looked to the rich history of 70s and 80s Turkish rally culture and the infamous style of French pilot Michèle Mouton when seeking inspiration, resulting in men’s and women’s lines that are packed full of sporty sensibilities, athleisure references and the history of LES BENJAMINS’ Istanbul-based beginnings. With functionality on the brain, casual comfort and light woven knitwear litter the pair of collections, all of which hark on the uniform-esque silhouettes synonymous with each referenced sport. But, while racewear’s impact is evident throughout, thanks to marbled oil spill print balaclavas and fur-trim finishes, streetwear’s influence makes its presence known.
In a bid to ensure the collection’s sporty focus prevails, however, shoppers can also enjoy the collection’s athletic campaign images which boast a chaotically blurred backing and the juxtaposing scenes of poised models, all of which have been lensed by photographer Luca Venter.
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