Chris Benz S/S 2013

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I tend to say this every time I post about one of his collections, but Chris Benz is one of my absolute favorite young NYC designers. Not only is he one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with, he continues to amaze me, season after season with his genius use of color, and unexpectedly whimsical “eccentric grandma” aesthetic of his clothing.

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I really feel like years from now, Chris will reach a Marc Jacobs level of success and industry domination– fitting, since he once interned for the designer.

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Chris Benz, giving an interview before his presentation

Chris is also one of the few designers who consistently produces collections where I would wear almost every piece. For Spring, his color palette was a bit more subdued than usual. I’m usually drawn toward brighter colors myself, but still fell in love with the many cream, and pastel toned pieces featured in the presentation.

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As usual, the shoes, a collaboration with Alejandro Ingelmo, were spectacular. And while this season also included the addition of denim, the real crowd pleaser was the announcement of the Chris Benz collaboration with Cambridge Satchel Company!

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Pretty, vacant, zombie?

Chris’ inspiration for this collection? Japanese school girl post-apocalyptic zombies. Which, having participated in a conversation about the infamous bath salt munching, face eating, Miami-dwelling “zombie” back at Chris’ Resort 2013 photo shoot, did not surprise me in the least.

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TIGI’s Nick Owen putting the final touches on a model’s hair

To get the look:
Owen used a “tangerine sized” dollop of Catwalk by TIGI Mousse all over models’ hair. Hair was piled into a small, messy top knot. With the remaining hair braided into three sections, then flat ironed to set. Two braids were released, creating the crimped effect.

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Side view

The finished look:
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Headbands by Triviál New York

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Layers, layers, layers!

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Chris and Joan Rivers

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Susan Sarandon, and dogs

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Hailee Steinfeld and Kelly Osbourne

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My friend/assistant Julio, taking a break from the frenzy

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All in all? One of my favorite collections of the season. As expected. 🙂

See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

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