Umit Benan

UMIT BENAN debuted its latest collection at its studio during Milan Fashion Week and gained some big fans at Highsnobiety HQ. Showcasing pink silk pajamas, workwear and double-breasted jackets in Cuba-inspired colorways, and soft-pink corduroy basics, the collection was particularly striking for its claims to be “channeling the controversial character of the black Muslim: a double enemy to today’s standards.”

A Muslim man living in a western world himself, the eponymous brand-founder Benan’s collection came complete with taqiyah skull hat and caftan, conveying a broader political message than the range of new silhouettes otherwise shown at Milan Fashion Week. Staying true to a brand ethos of design as storytelling, the show heavily referenced black icons including Martin Luther King Jr., Denzel Washington in “Training Day” and Tupac Shakur with bandannas and silk paisley shirts inspired by the rapper.

Titled “God is Black, Part 1”, the see-now-buy-now collection is available exclusively on the UMIT BENAN website, so you can already cop a piece of the Milan Fashion Week action. Take a peep at the full collection below and click the link to shop the look.

Editors note: this post has been amended to reflect that the statement made about black Muslims came from the designer and was not the opinion of Highsnobiety.

For more from Milan Fashion Week, check out Fendi’s SS19 collection here.

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