Photographer Slim Aarons, who served as inspiration for Umit Benanthis season, would have had plenty of motifs to shoot at the designer’sspring show, set on the tennis court of a fictitious Cartagena countryclub. Benan’s insouciantly chic pack flashed three-piece suits featuringa bathrobe-y belted jacket or double-breasted blazers with elasticbands around the wrists, allowing these hobby athletes to wear theirsleeves half up if needed.

Sumptuous twill fabrics upped theluxe factor of common parkas and key-ways, while Benan’s new knitwearmanufacturer provided retro-inspired graphic crewneck jumpers and poshjacquard sweatpants.

Offering petrol green, cream, tan andvarious shades of blue, the collection struck a balance between chic andslightly tacky, which is essentially how Benan feels about LatinAmerica, “though in a good way,” as he explained backstage. What lentfurther authenticity to Benan’s characters was the casting — thedesigner hired his jet-setters off the street, much like the Colombianmariachi who serenaded the models on the court with his guitar.

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