Imagine what your mother looked like in the '60s: bouffants, full skirts, and pleats. Then add floral prints, lamé, and a whole lot of sequins, and you'd have Chris Benz's Fall 2012 collection — a fun, retro twist on party attire. Check out his entire presentation here.
>> The prim and proper lady has gotten a major shot of whimsy for Fall 2012 thanks to Chris Benz. While super-femme details like oversized bows, sequins, and poufy skirts ruled, bright colors and playful hats helped to set a not-so-serious undertone. White and ivory got playful via pops of bright red, yellow, and green, while major layering lent a disheveled-chic vibe. Also in the mix, printed pants, knee-length skirts, cardigans, and some unique jackets.
Chris Benz described his retro collection “like a little kid watching your mom getting ready for a holiday party.” For Fall, the designer took a trip to the '50s and '60s with a festive array of sequins, lamé, and floral prints complete with throwback bouffants. Vibrant-hued trousers and cropped jackets were fresh and fun, while voluminous tulle skirts and metallic dresses provided a quirky twist to party dressing. More details below.
- Trends: Full skirts, cropped jackets, pleats.
- Colors: Citron, red, eggshell, black, gray, green.
- Key Piece: The floral pants and structured wool coat pairing was the prefect mix of vintage modern.
- Accessories: Red, green, and black pumps, leather gloves, statement jewelry, striped scarves.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who crave fun party looks and a new twist on separates.
Eva Amurri married Kyle Martino at the Confederate Home event space in Charleston, SC, on Saturday. Eva, who is the daughter of Susan Sarandon, and Kyle, a former MLS soccer player, became engaged last December and chose a historic property for their nuptials. Eva's gorgeous lace gown was designed by Lela Rose while Kyle was decked out in a tuxedo from Brioni. Guests included Susan Sarandon's ex Tim Robbins, designer Chris Benz, and Derek Blasberg. The wedding was just one of many festivities during the exciting weekend that also included a scavenger hunt, cocktail party, and oyster roast. Newlyweds Eva and Kyle left for their honeymoon yesterday — congrats to the couple!
This week on Twitter, we caught up with some of our fashionable favorites dressed up, down, and in costume! Jessica Alba looked glamorous at an event with husband Cash Warren while designer Chris Benz covered up in a wool hat — and model Doutzen Kroes trumped everyone when she revealed her sleek, sexy Halloween costume. Click through now to see all of this week's stylish snaps.
>> Halloween is all about dressing up, so why not glean a little costume inspiration from those who make a living out of creating the perfect look — all year round? Here, we've asked 13 fashion insiders to share their favorite costumes from Halloweens past; click through to see Pamela Love, Chris Benz, Madewell's Gigi Guerra, and more all decked out in their Halloween finest. Plus, find out which designer got name-checked as having the best costume ever — by two different people — and which sweet treat tops more than one insider's favorite candy list . . . all here, in the slideshow.
>> In a season of bold prints and colors, Chris Benz — who has held both near and dear to his design repertoire from the start — really went for it in his new collection: "It's Andy Warhol's superstars go to Coney Island, with a nod to candy kids." Optic black-and-white circles, blown-up graphic prints in an assortment of brights, and checkerboards of color were mixed throughout. Benz also collaborated with Alejandro Ingelmo on shoes once again — this time high-top sneakers or wedges with a floral motif on the heel.
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