DESIGNER: Chris Benz
INSPIRATION: 1960's American expat in Paris
TOP LOOKS: The pretty, sheer blouses in floral print and cream; structured, pleated, A-line minis in sherbet colors; awning-stripe strapless dress, knotted at the top; floral printed cotton pieces, especially the skinny pants; tulle cardigan with colorful, craft-y embroidery; red leather pea coat with graphic white trim.
ACCESSORIES: Towering platform wedge slingbacks by Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz
WHO WAS THERE: Celebrities included Kelly Osbourne, Susan Sarandon, Carmen Electra, Denise Richards, Snooki, Cat DeLuna, Jessica Szohr. Also present was Benz's former boss, J.Crew designer-cum-president Jenna Lyons.
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Chris Benz isn't afraid of color, thankfully. His signature knack for unexpected and wild hue combinations stood out this season in particular, amidst the sea of white that is New York Fashion Week. He based this collection on the Sixties American expat. "It's every girl's fantasy of being picked up on the back of a Vespa in Paris," the designer told us after his vignette-based presentation.
Whether that means Jean Seberg in "Breathless" or "Mad Men"'s Peggy Olsen on holiday, the designer worked the reference deftly. He presented Courreges-esque minis, romantic chiffon blouses with billowing neck bows, and cotton floral-print capris, all great for a modern wardrobe. Still too 60's for you? That's okay, there were also skinny knits and boxy jackets that felt fresh, and versatile enough to mix into an everyday outfit. The fantastic platform wedges, on the other hand, are for a more experimental (and sure-footed) customer, if they are produced. (We hope they are.)