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S/S 2012 Chris Benz

MIAMI VICE
New York: Despite his youth, Chris Benz has now collected several shows under his belt, and he continues to prove that he is evolving as a young, notable designer. After a dark, more refined season for Fall, the pink-coiffed Benz returned to an enthusiastic use of both color and print, a sensibility that earned him recognition in his earlier collections. A South Beach-inspired palette of pinks, greens and turquoise felt soft yet appropriately vibrant, and pocked, rough surface textures, created with dense beading and sequins, added oomph to solid pieces. Meanwhile, Marimekko-inspired florals, ethnic stripes and swirly marble prints added a kooky, mixed-up touch, especially when all were juxtaposed in a single garment. Custom-made sneakers, layered-on jewels and chic sunnies lent a casual, streetwear feeling to the “zany lady” aesthetic.  —Shannon Davenport

Silhouette: Long and layered / Columnar / Hourglass

Color: Seafoam / Kelly green / Vivid orange / Ivory / Black / Tangerine / White / Bubblegum pink / Canary yellow

Key Items: Colorblocked tunic / Sequined pants / Layered wrap skirt / Printed blazers / Midi skirt / Self-belt kimono dress / Graphic maxi / Striped knit sweater / Tie-front tops

Materials: Textured cotton matelassé / Silk / Denim / Chiffon / Slinky jerseys

Print + Pattern: Geometric circles / Chunky stripes / Camouflage / Graphic florals / Large repeat swirl print

Details + Trim: Raw edges / Heavy beading / Sequins / Self-belts / Colorblocking / Piping

Accessories + Footwear: Platform heels / Alejandro Ignelmo sneakers / Ankle socks / Obi belts / Tassel earrings / Piled-on colorful necklaces / Beaded bracelets / Round sunglasses

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