Chris Benz’s Bold and Busy Beauties

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The AvenueInsider has been a Chris Benz fan since he showed his very first collection and thus Benz was The AvenueInsider’s first cover star last March as Editor in Chief of Avenue magazine. “I’m obsessed,” tweeted Kelly Osbourne about Benz’s latest collection, which was shown at Avery Fisher Hall. Hey Kelly, we are obsessed too.

Benz says he was influenced by Andy Warhol and Coney Island amongst other things. This was evident in the pop art prints mixed with colors so bright they set the room on fire – think neon pink (to match the designer’s Manic Panic dyed hair), acid green and safety orange. Benz gave vintage Lilly Pulitzer a run for her prints with divinely dizzy florals paired with black and white op art patterns. Yet the cuts were comfy and sometimes slouchy-chic with conservative below the knee hemlines. A Park Avenue socialite could easily saunter into Swifty’s in Benz’s great jackets just as a haute-hipster would rule the roost on the rooftop of Le Bain in one of Benz’s wildly busy skirts. And once again the Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz shoes were the perfect footwear to keep Benz’s busy beauties running from one fashionable meeting to the next.


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by Debbie BancroftPhotographed by Griffin Lipson and Hunter Abrams/