Umit Benan Sahin continues to play with the traveling concept he brought to Trussardi two seasons ago. This time, it took him to Manhattan, replete with a runway backdrop of the city’s skyline and a set mimicking a rooftop cocktail party by a water tank.

Sahin’s idea of how New Yorkers would dress for the occasion featured some appealing sportswear, even though there was little evolution from his past collections. Languid blouses and pants came in a soft floral pattern or taxicab yellow; men’s wear elements appeared via double-breasted suits, and most dresses were rendered with a fluid touch.

Given Trussardi’s heritage, Sahin added many details in leather and exotics, which often added a tougher edge to the more feminine looks. The top portion of a blue trenchcoat, for instance, was worked in snakeskin and cut like a jacket, and an orange leather panel was placed across a peach dress. While these looks were chic, they didn’t exactly read Gotham cocktail party.

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