“It’s Il Comandante,” exclaimed Umit Benan backstage before the show putting the finishing touches on a young Fidel Castro look-alike. “It’s days after the revolution and now it’s time to celebrate with a glass of Cuba Libre and a cigar. It’s the human side of the revolution,” is how the designer summed up his spirited spring effort.
Benan sent out a bunch of guérilleros dressed in military shirts tucked into paperbag-waist pants, voluminous multicolor trenches with large military pockets (some sewn even on the sleeves) and striped pajama uniforms for “Che Guevara who’s having breakfast with his wife the morning after,” as Benan put it. Using fabrics such as cottons, lightweight wool and soft silk, the collection mixed contrasts with ease for an opinionated yet highly approachable aesthetic.