© francisco van benthum / photography: robin de puy
dutch menswear designer francisco van benthum skillfully reworks classic silhouettes with subtle tweaks to create timeless contemporary pieces. for the coming season van benthum drew inspiration from the military uniform, reinterpreting a variety of iconic garments, such as the heavy wool military coat and the more utilitarian technical gear worn by the special forces. as a result a section of the new collection is executed almost exclusively in black an almost black to emphasize the specific silhouette of an army worker uniform. the dark shade morphs into a grey/white coloured series built around the formal heavy wool structured army long coat and which shows off van benthum's skills and craft, most notably the fine balance between construction, proportions and style.
the collection offers a comprehensive men's wardrobe and consists of suit jackets, pants, shirts, tops and outerwear. used fabrics include structured wool, heavy wool blends, cooked wool, traditional loden, technical cotton, wool jerseys and swiss poplin. as said, the colour palette features black, shades of grey and whites, in addition to stone and navy-tones, contrasted with technical black, carrot and magenta. shown here are six looks that we particularly like. francisco van benthum's a/w 2013 collection is available at select stores across the planet, including behaviour [new york], browns [london], the francisco van benthum store [amsterdam], mue space [seoul] and blxxkk [tokyo].
© francisco van benthum / photography: dennis swiatkowski