Umit Benan at work refining the presentation of his Spring 2014 Menswear collection before sending it down the runway in Milan. Models wore masks. These displayed traditional Turkish elements of masculine adornment – fez, handlebar mustache, dangling cigarette. Soft supple Italian wools and silks in dignified earth-tones stopped so much resembling Armani and started more resembling Magritte, thanks to the masks.
Efendi (as the show was titled) took place last June. The large portfolio of backstage and runway photos on Jak & Jil (sampled above) were only posted later, in mid-August.