Chris Benz

NYFW Part 3: The Dreamer, The Zombie, and the Happy-Go-Lucky

For those of you waiting desperately in line for that iPhone 5, (hey get me one)! this is a great opportunity to shove some more fashion week forecasts your way. I know you are probably sick of New York Fashion Week coverage, but there is always more to rehash and at the very least you’ll be an well-informed consumer. From Mongolia to doomsday to fantasy, let’s take a ride.

Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia took a long backpacking trip and landed on a spiritual journey and their dreams came to life. Rich embroidery throughout the collection, Sachin and Babi used beautiful tapestries to illustrate their love for Bohemian style. My favorites were the short military jackets, and the beautiful flowy silk dresses. In true belly dancer style, bells and all, a girl ringing at my heart-strings.

I then headed over to Avery Fisher Hall to see Chris Benz, my pink-haired buddy with–PS over 80,000 twitter followers–(his tweets are hilarious) to see what quirky energy creations he had come up with. Always a fun cocktail party, serving drinks outdoors on the terrace, he never fails to disappoint. This show was one of the true highlights of my week. Get my highlight pun? Ha! His inventive mix of color and texture weave a story incorporating the internet obsession “zombie apocalypse.” This translated into floral blazers worn over shirt dresses slit up to the crotch, layered over a skirt, over a pair of jeans. Layers upon layers, when ripped apart, translated into compelling one-of-a-kind pieces. Chris, the piling power award goes to you. Bold, yet feminine, Chris’s new denim line, CB Denim, and the new collaboration with Cambridge Satchel, will be on every fashionista’s list. Kudos to Chris for his creative prowess!

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Monday’s Shows NYFW

I know it is Thursday, but after a whirlwind of fashion week activities and finally getting theses photos in my dropbox, I am able to play a little catch up now on my reviews from the week. I was told last night by a friend that the posts are only relevant if they go up the week the show happens, if not the day after. That is all well and good if you have a dream team of editors and photographers to back you up. One day, for sure.

First up on my agenda was the Jenny Packham show at 9am on Monday morning. Taking us back to the 1940′s, a destitute time in American History, Packham’s collection remembers that era as the heyday of the femme fatale. Forties-fantastic dresses fit for the screen sirens of today went prancing down the runway from a burst of fog with sultry Lana Del Rey music playing in the background. I can see Angelina Jolie wearing any of these numbers in next week’s Academy Awards red carpet gala. Each model glided to the beat down the catwalk in sexy pairs of Louboutins and a matte cherry lip.  Each gown was more gorgeous that the last, with hues of salmon, baby blue, brick, black and nude as the flavors du jour. Form-fitting yet flowy, these flawless dresses should be on everyone’s most wanted list.

And from one glamourous stop to the next, Carolina Herrera was next up. Her inspiration did not come from the 20′s, 30′s, or 40′s but rather, the present.”It’s a collection that is for a glamorous woman who wants to be elegant, who wants to be seductive, who wants to be a real woman,” says Herrera. And that it was. It was all about fur embellishments, prints that look like they were painted by hand, and loads of navy and black combinations. The big news at Herrera? The cropped jacket, a new silhouette for the designer. One of my favorite was the haute pink ball gown, the final number. Not going out of style anytime soon is the glam girl that wants to have fun. Brava!

From the ball to the rodeo we go. Inspired by his native Brazil, Carlos Miele, showed gaucho sashes, hats and ponchos fit for riding that horse, yet wearable for cosmopolitan women who travel all over the world. Embarking on evening wear, he featured gold and pampas prints, but the real winner was the hug gaucho poncho in oatmeal knitted fox. Yummy.

With “Feminine Power ” being on the designer’s mind this season, to Reem Acra we go. A rock star turn from a Hollywood classicist, Acra who dressed Madonna for this year’s Globes, showed second-skin leathers mixed with underpinnings of lace and chiffon. Check out the evening gowns with dramatic cut-outs–firework worthy –and the sequined cigarette pants ( not shown) . Glamourous girl power seems to be a running theme.

For the final show of the day, it was party time for Chris Benz. Last season, he served lemonade with a spike of vodka in the outdoor bar, if you remember last season’s post, but this season no drinks. I’ll blame it on winter. Nonetheless, I love seeing a collection at Avery Fisher Hall . That’s where the New York Philharmonic performs, an occasion for which some people, even today, still dress up. That is what not-so-newbie Benz who started showing in 2007, wants our heads to be come fall. He achieved just that by using silk faille and more beading than usual. Bright colors included red, yellow, and green, and as far as accessories, bows, and elbow-length gloves appeared a la Jackie Kennedy. Models, who stood on pedestals against a gold, glittery curtain, had high, poufy hair and little chapeaux on top. And they seemed to get into the celebratory mood too, smiling and chatting while posing. Better than that icy stare from the runways, and a great way to start my Monday of NYFW!

Don’t get me started on the lobster gloves…! Can you say Chris likes to poke fun?

All photos: Michael Crook visit website here:


Catch the fall fashion train before it’s gone

It’s about time I put up this video about Fall trends. Better NOW than never. Even though it’s mid-November (as I write this here in NY, it’s nearing 60 degrees), we only have 40 days till Hanukah begins and 45 days till Christmas. Wow, that is really soon. Although this is not a sartorial conquest, it is my interview with Angela Guitard of Angela’s sharing the carefully edited collections of fabulousness that is her new famed boutique.  The takeaway here is this: Rolando Santana feather boleros, Glamourpuss fuscia oversized fur collars, hoods and capes. Great helpful staff. Grab it while it’s hot. Before you know it, Resort will be rolling in on those racks. Happy Shopping!


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Fashion Designer


Chris Benz S/S 2012

Chris Benz talking to Stephanie Wolkoff

Chris Benz talking to Stephanie Wolkoff

Chris Benz is a favorite among fashionettes. I have been seeing an abundance of acid neon colors, akin to highlighters, on and off the runways.  Only a few designers can really pull it off. And Benz is one of them. Chris’ designs for the Spring 2012 collections are some of the brightest and daring out there. His line is sophisticated and chic while still being fun and whimsical. A tribute to Warhol played out in trippy florals and sixties-inflected prints in lime green, sherbet orange, and neon pink (to match the designer’s daring doo). As for the bright pink feather in my hair- I think I need to go even bolder!  If your eyes aren’t already boggled by Benz’s designs, take a look at his optic black-and-white circular prints.

Do you think he was inspired by these?







What do you think of the super-fly orange lips?

One of my favorite aspects to the sheer nuttiness of  New York Fashion Week is the more relaxed vibe of the presentation versus the runway show. Scrambling to find my seat, or a place to stand, the presentation allows a walk-through of the entire collection and a chance to mingle with other fashion obssessed bloggers, photographers, and editors.

A big shout out to Chris Benz  for sharing your talents this way. BTW, kudos to the outdoor open bar that served icy lemon Vitamin water with a hit on a late summer evening—perfect!