For his Monday presentation, Chris Benz delivered yet another candy-colored collection with the best slacks, bedazzled blazers and jewel-toned furs around.
I said this to Steff as we left the Chris Benz studio after his Resort 2011 preview: The reason I like Chris' clothes so much is because they look like him. There's no borrowing from others, something many designers rely on a bit too heavily these days. What's more, "his sense of color is incredible," Steff went on to say. And we're not just waxing on because Chris is part of the Fashionista family. This collection is seriously, seriously good.
"Who actually wants a physical lookbook these days?" Chris Benz asks as he hands me a rubber band with a USB chip attached at the end. Not I, especially not when I'm looking at these candy clothes close-up, in all their splendor, at the designer's studio on 37th Street. "We were inspired by Bermuda--or rather, the idea of Bermuda," Benz tells me. Indeed, there are bermuda shorts, nubbly twills, even a few chambray pieces, all made for the lady on holiday who doesn't take dressing up--or herself--too seriously. It's all about having fun, from the painterly leopard print to the Alejandro Ingelmo x Chris Benz sneakers in pretty patterns to the label's bright collaboration with jewelry brand The Woods. (There are even a couple of swimsuits--a first for the designer.) But what I loved most about Benz's take on Resort 2012 was his ability to let go. Despite New York's current penchant for acid green, the King of Color has moved on, incorporating even fresher-looking mustard, tangerine, and periwinkle. **All photos courtesy of Chris Benz.
For the past couple of days, I've been lucky enough to spend time with designer Chris Benz and his team on a visit to the Savannah College of Art and
Chris Benz's SS11 presentation hit every right note. Inside the Rubenstein Atrium across from Lincoln center The Beach Boys and Simon and Garfunkel played and Breathless's opening scene was projected behind the models while they danced and chatted. Inspired by the je ne sais quoi of an American traveling abroad to Paris, Chris Benz showed a collection that was sixties inspired with all of Benz's signature styles. Thinking about "everyone's fantasy of being picked up by a cute boy in the back of a vespa and whizzing off and that freewheeling spirit," Mr. Benz told us. He showed a collection that, while floral, was not for wallflowers. Chris' sherbet colors mixed with brights and neons, while floral prints added dimension, particularly on a pair of blue-hued pants with matching Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz shoes that both Julia and I were head over heels for. Lauren swooned over the pale yellow leather drawstring skirt, the sibling of Chris' favorite piece, the electric blue leather dress, "I love the material--that funny lambskin," he said.