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The clothes you want to wear, styled the way you want to wear them. Umit Benan’s AW13 collection for Trussardi was effortlessly chic, minus the cliché, and spoke of a tough femininity. Joining the brand in 2011, Benan has revitalised the family business and this season was no fuss, just clothes. Long belted coats, leopard print in its original fuss-free colours with no neon in sight, and black leather suits made statements, but not ones you wouldn’t want to make, while navy pleated skirts avoided any school-girl connotations paired with simple V-neck leather vests in white and brown. Benan took the things that look good incidentally, like sleeves that are a bit too long, and gave them intent. Styled by i-D Contributing Fashion Editor Caroline Newell, the slightly shaggy bed hair, collars struck up and bags stashed under arms, formed a look totally in tune with the times and style of modern dressing. Zips across the waist and down the neckline gave the minimalism interest, and though skins and fabrics cross-pollinated in the same look, there were no confusing elements or wild card colours that distracted from Benan’s vision. Everything went, it was cohesive and harmonious, a single vision in fact that was refreshingly communicative. Doing for Milan this season, what Céline does for Paris – make the female editors feel good – Trussardi got the unanimous nod.
Text: Sarah Raphael
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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