Drawing inspiration from the Western design codes of horse racing, as well as the mastery and
dressage of its Eastern lineage—LES BENJAMINS’ Spring-Summer 2023 collection lifts and
recontextualises these ceremonial aesthetics with fluid streetwear cuts.
Split into two sub-stories, the collection traces parallel themes associated with horse racing, withthe first aspect diving into the technicality of racing wear, with bomber jackets and knee-lengthshorts tracing the silhouette of clothing usually worn by jockeys in menswear, and a braletaccompanied by a matching maxi-skirt in women’s. The brand’s signature Turkish carpet printmaintains a presence across men’s and women’s, echoed in relaxed-fit performance shapes aswell as tailoring.Meanwhile, the second story expands on the intentionbehind the ceremonial dress in horseracing. Juxtaposing the formality of the latter, the ceremonial aspect ties in with the East’s richand illustrious history of horse racing. Ceremonial flowers, which have long been tied into thetradition and revelry,serve as a prism into the mindset of the post-race ceremony. Throughouttailoring, hand-crochet adds a layer of warmth, meanwhile hand-stitching and embellishmentsgive a sense of ritual—an element that also draws from the rich history of the Bedouins, andtheir relationship toward horses. Accessories including metal plates, horseshoes and tassels aredutifully stitched onto tailored pieces, juxtaposing the Western formality of horse racing with theBedouin lifestyle.