During Milan Fashion Week, Bunyamin Aydin, Creative Director of Les Benjamins, unveiled a Spring/Summer 2023 collection inspired by the western design codes of horse racing and the dressage of its eastern ancestry, aptly titled “The Horse of the East”. .
Divided into chapters, the collection explores two distinct concepts within the world of horse racing: the engineering of racewear and the intent behind the ceremonial attire. Under the first theme, Les Benjamins presents a range of Mem’s bomber jackets and knee-length shorts reminiscent of constructions associated with the typical jockey uniform, as well as matching maxi skirts and small tops for women’s fashion. Meanwhile, the latter manifests itself in a range of hand-crocheted pieces in neutral and vibrant tones, as well as accessories inspired by horseshoes and tassels.
“When I lived in Dubai I was in Business Bay and my house was very close to Meydan where all the big horse races are held. lamia [my partner] always told me about her childhood and how she was inspired to dress up for the horse races she competed in and create custom pieces for,” said Aydin. “It’s like a fashion show, everyone dresses up.”
“That’s why I called the collection ‘The Horse of the East,'” he added. “It’s a mysterious approach to who and what the horse is and what it’s all about. The horse race and the ceremony.”
Luxuriate in the Les Benjamins SS23 collection above.
Elsewhere at Milan Fashion Week, catch a glimpse of Prada’s SS23 men’s collection.