Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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WHAT’S OLD-TIME IS NEW AGAIN
New York: Chris Benz’ signature playful proportions, tailored constructions and uninhibited color palettes all returned this season, but the looks in his F/W 11 collection felt gentler and less extroverted than usual. Benz was influenced by the eclectic culture of Savannah, Georgia (where he recently joined the mentorship program at Savannah College of Art and Design). While one could easily picture the dreamy floral prints, softly draped chiffon maxi-gowns and lace collars on genteel southern belles, daringly ultra-wide leg trousers and swaggering slouch hats reflected the college town’s youthful energy.
Color: Mustard / Flax / Dark chocolate / Cream / Rust / Dusty rose / Pale peach / Teal / Camel / Magenta / Black / Navy
Key Items: Pieced mermaid maxi skirt / Trumpet skirt / Dressy blazer / Hourglass suit / Trapeze shirtdress / Sequined trouser / Victorian jacket / Princess coat / Tiered maxi dress / Double-breasted poncho
Materials: Sparkly brocade / Silk chiffon / Silk satin / Velvet / Leather / Silk crepe / Fur / Tweed / Melton wool / Lace
Details + Trim: Beading and sequins / Peter Pan collars/ Shawl collars / Coin-sized hole-punches / Fur collars and linings / Ruffles and tiers / Ascot collars / Tuxedo stripes
Accessories + Footwear: Wide-brimmed slouch hats / Fringed pouches / Patterned sling-back platform shooties / Detached collars, bibs and dickies
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