If you’re looking for fun and excitement during fashion week, just follow Chris Benz and you’re set! Chris Benz’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection follows the same unique aesthetic as his past several collections have, and while that might be boring or bad news for other designers (whom we may be looking towards for fresh looks or a new theme), sticking to what he does best works for Chris Benz. His work has seemed to be at the top of its game from the get-go, so with such a clear point of view, where things get interesting is all in the details.
For the Spring/Summer 2013 season, he plays off of his sharp ability to exaggerate proportions to produce fresh, flattering silhouettes and uses knitwear, layers and feminine florals to bring it all together. Color is a recurring and important factor in all of Chris Benz designs, and the palette as a whole for the S/S 2013 season is a perfect marriage between spring pastels and vivid hues.
The presentation was just as exciting as any runway show that I attended, if not more; With boisterous, Tim Burton-esque music playing in the background (only in short bursts— a connection to how a zombie apocalypse was the inspiration behind the collection) and pals Kelly Osbourne and Susan Sarandon (and her dogs) stopping by, it made for quite the spectacle when accompanied by his latest collection.
Stand-out pieces included gradient-hue jackets made of giant plastic scallops, a cream multi-level wheat/floral print dress with matching jacket and a sparkling nude maxi dress with fuzzy dots. Trends to watch in his collection this season are skirts over pants, shirts tied at waist, and neutral/subtle metallic mixed with chunky open knit sweaters.
Beauty always makes a loud statement at Chris Benz presentations (adored the Spring 2012 bird’s nest bobs), and this season, the hair was crimped and long in front to frame the face and in a bun exposing ears. The makeup was minimal with pale pink lips and pink framing the eyes to the temples. The whole look is very Anime ninja.
Chris Benz has the ability to produce his vision clearly and have that vision as one that is fresh and unlike any other designer’s- past or present, and that is why his presentation is certainly one of the highlights of my fashion week coverage. Eclectic, happy, fun, exciting and a bit odd: What’s not to like? His pals Kelly Osbourne and Susan Surandon would undoubtedly agree.
By Whitney S. Williams
Photos by Whitney