I Once Loved A Woman Who Loves Menswear

"I ONCE LOVED A WOMAN WHO LOVES MENSWEAR." Although it sounds like the title to your latest Tumblr composition, this is actually the theme to Umit Benan’s S/S 2013 collection. The lookbook features a woman wearing the clothing, with notions of unisex dressing, the beauty and sensitivity of women, blah blah blah. DUDE, it’s chicks in menswear. That's all you need to know and all you should want to know. Well, that and Umit Benan being the shit and all.

  • Nico

    ayo u srsly sat n screencapped all of these lol i need 2 teach u how 2 twerk da internet

  • Nico

    also these r all balls except that 5th look where the pants look like scrubs because im into the whole medical uniform thing at this moment in time but u left a (+) zoom cursor thingie in one of the pics thats how i could tell also the files are all named screen-shot-2012-jonmoyisdumb

    • lawrences

      I was the one who screencapped them, Brutus.

      • Nico

        damn u dont remember when i taught u how to get 2 da source?

        • lawrences

          I have a bad memory.

  • http://thenaturalaristocrat.blogspot.com David

    Oh, hey, is this the super dope new menswear that everyone should totally be freaking out about? Cuz it’s fucking sloppy. It’s like 1990s Calvin Klein and Thom Browne had an ugly lovechild neither of them wanted custody of, and so it sat in a lonely shed making shoddy copies of it’s parents clothing in the hopes it would one day be accepted by them. But here’s the sad part, it never will.

    But hey, prove me wrong oh lords of menswear.

    • lawrences

      In the alternate universe where this collection is tailored for your normal, male model based lookbook this comment does not exist.

      • http://thenaturalaristocrat.blogspot.com David

        I prefer that universe, this one is starting to suck. I understand the shit is not tailored for the women wearing it, it says that in the description, I took that into account when I made my comment. Keep kissing that sweet menswear ass though.

        • lawrences

          David, everything I feel about Umit was put on wax here – http://four-pins.com/style/is-umit-benan-is-the-most-important-designer-in-menswear/

          • http://thenaturalaristocrat.blogspot.com David

            I read that, which is partially what inspired my original comment. All of the “new” shit is in the realm of “really just throwing everything we can think of at the wall and hoping it sticks” (like your gothmo lemonade stand) and everything supposedly great is just rehashes of other, even older shit. Now, I’m not going to hate on the rehash game, because updating old ideas with new fits and patterns is awesome and I have a lot of that kind of stuff in my wardrobe. And honestly, there are a few pieces here that, individually, are nice. But a lot of it just feels like he threw everything from the last three months of menswear in a blender.

            But really, the problem is that the game is just way too overcrowded with everyone trying to do what has been making everyone else money, without, in my opinion really bringing anything fresh. It seems like menswear is going to have to hit a point like after the economic crash where a lot of banks had to fall because they just can’t keep doing the same shit and expecting great results.

  • Art

    David,
    What the fuck do you want designers to do? You wanna start wearing pants on your head and socks on your ears?

    • http://thenaturalaristocrat.blogspot.com David

      YES! This is exactly what I want, bro, it would be so fresh. Nahmean? Did you read my shit at all? What part about designers needing to stop throwing shit at us and seeing what sticks didn’t you get? Did you miss the gothic tent revival? You did, didn’t you?

      No, you asshat, although oddly enough, your comment sounded like it would be the last dying scream of menswear, think about it, it’s funny. But I digress, I want shit that we’re not going to look back at and laugh because we’re too scared to wonder why we were all smoking shit that made us think it was actually good. I’m not saying it has to be revolutionary, but if someone is going to wax on and on about something it should at make sense within the proper tapestried history of menswear. Of course, that’s all really subjective though, so if you wanna like this stuff, by all means.

      But I think, for starters, more designers should be focusing on trying to bring higher quality construction to a more decent price point. Some of this OTR shit is in bespoke and definitely in MTM territory, other than just copping shit to say “I got that”, I’d rather have something custom that fits me well and has quality construction.

      There are designers who are doing it right though, for example one of the ones I’m constantly surprised with in terms of fresh design is Ovadia and Sons. Also, of course, your much beloved Bastian. There are others of course, but I’m not here to cultivate your style for you.

      • lawrences

        David, back in ’09 I posted a comment on your blog regarding “The Thrifter: Response to a Critique” that all boils down to how I ultimately feel about all this: “…different strokes for different folks.” I think it applies here as it applies in most cases.

        • http://thenaturalaristocrat.blogspot.com David

          Oh shit L.A.S. I didn’t know this was you, I never noticed the author of your article until I went back just now. It’s funny you went back and dug that post up from my blog, that seems like a long time ago. I will say, other than this, I do enjoy a lot of the posts here, most are funny as hell.

          But anyway, sure I agree 100% with the different strokes thing, I’m all for the drop crotchers and the lloyd navajo blanketeers to keep doing their thing, but no one is claiming those designers are the apex of the menswear world. To be honest I really just wanted to see how people would defend the guy who’s supposed to be the hottest in the game right now. That’s actually why I came here with the menswear blogger hate-speak (which is actually really fun to write, although I know you know that). Your article I think kind of touches on what’s going on and how that theoretically makes him out to be what everyone’s saying, but other than perhaps just being a je ne sais quoi thing, you’re right in that it’ll have to come down to agreeing to disagree.

          I suppose that also after my comments, I will have to be honest and deign to admit his Trussardi collection was incredibly awesome, it did inspire me to get some fresh new white linen pants and wear my black blazers more (but so did Slimane a long ass time ago). I also know everyone loved his Trussadi collection, it was one of those things that everyone with an ounce of taste could agree on. This, I’m not so sure. But I’ll leave it at that.