I’m a longtime fan of designer Chris Benz. I love any designer that is not only talented but can take items that are incredibly familiar and twist and turn them in such a way that they become something new and dramatic. It takes a particular talent to bring a fashion crowd’s jaded been-there-seen-that attitude in the direction of historical references and get them to “ooh” and “aaah.” That’s the magic of Chris Benz.
Ascending the escalator to the presentation, I was greeted with a grab bag of vintage references that were made so fresh and new that it just brought a smile to my face. The models appeared to be little girls that had played dress up in a glorious trunk of amazing vintage clothing and they not only adorned themselves with it, but they decided to make them their own.
Grandma’s afghan was suddenly covered in paillettes, tailored blazers became tart with sequined pocket embellishments. 70’s style prints suddenly seemed fresh again and the whole lot was brought together with color-blocked handbags and shoes that were printed in everything from what seemed like marble to gorgeous colors that matched the clothes. Softer hues like lavender and pale yellow played with 70’s rec room colors like avocado and sunshine yellow and the whole lot WORKED. Items from the collection will no doubt add dashes of spice to any wardrobe, like old familiar favorites that feel so fresh and new.
Check out photos of the gorgeous collection. Don’t find my likening of the collection to a little girl playing dress-up too strange. After all, it doesn’t matter how old we get, the joy of getting dressed is that feeling that you’re suddenly adorned and delighted, which is the magic of that old game – and of finding items such as Benz’s collection – in the first place. All fashion is in the end is a giant game of dress-up, and I’d prefer to do much of it in Benz’ gorgeous clothes. Enjoy the slideshow.
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