Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Highly praised up-and-comer Chris Benz drew a large and lively crowd to the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for his S/S 11 presentation. Fans of Benz’s aesthetic were not disappointed, as the looks possessed all of the attributes for which the young designer is known. Bold colors, luxe materials, playful silhouettes, and retro influences were all there. This time around, Benz was particularly inspired by Americans in 1960s Paris. The moment translated to stiff box-pleated minis, ascot blouses, tweedy knit suiting separates, and a boxy mod trapeze dress. Preppy pastel cable knit items and polo shirts were reminiscent of country club looks of the 70s and 80s, contributing to the American sportswear side of things. European influences were felt through arty items, like a pair of sheer cardigans featuring embroidered abstract patterns. Like several other shows this season, sheerness was a recurring element. In Benz’s case, there were billowy sheer contrast sleeves, a beaded black maxi gown with a see-through skirt, along with the aforementioned cardigans. A red leather pea coat felt nautical in a mod way, and cabbage rose prints gave the collection romantic vintage-inspired undertones. Pretty, witty, and fun, Benz’s S/S 11 collection moves him a little higher up the fashion ranks.
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