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 Resort 2013 Photo Shoot: Behind the Scenes

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Chris Benz’s Garment District studio is a magical place. Just as quirky and colorful as the clothing, and the designer himself.

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One could spend hours browsing the art work, and knick knacks displayed throughout the workspace.

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Like his past collections, Chris Benz’s Resort 2013 offerings were bright, fun, and print heavy. It’s easy to see why this young designer is one of my very favorites in all of NYC!
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Lookbook shoot preparations!

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I was a big fan of the faux-hawk inspired hairstyle the model was sporting!

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Chris making pre-photograph adjustments.

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My favorite group of patterns. I would kill for the sequin shirt!

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You can never have enough neon!

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Pink ❤

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Resort Inspiration:
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Chris’ trademark pink hair. We bonded over the trials and tribulations of having brightly colored hair. (Mine was partially purple, that day.)IMG_6047
I’m convinced Chris Benz is one of the nicest designers currently working in fashion.

I also got a quick peek at Chris’ S/S 2013 inspiration board. What I saw was gorgeous, and very exciting. Which reminded me why his collections are consistent favorites of mine, every single fashion week.

See my full photo set from my studio visit here.

With the entire Chris Benz Resort collection here.

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

CHRIS BENZ S/S 2012

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Since the very first time I saw photos of one of his collections back in 2009, I’ve been in love with Chris Benz.

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Few designers do color and mix patterns and materials as well. His clothes are so colorful, viewing them is like injecting Crayola crayons directly into your veins.

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His inspiration this season? “Andy Warhol’s superstars go to Coney Island, with a nod to candy kids.”

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For Spring, Chris once again partnered with shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo to create a line of wedges AND sneakers!

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The dramatic hair and makeup complimented the 60’s inspired clothing:

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Cotton Candy Hair!

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The glasses and sunglasses the models wore were to die for.

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Details:

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The presentation space itself was just as colorful:

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Sneak Peek: NYFW S/S 2012 DAY SIX

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The word of the day was definitely “neon”.

All Photos ®Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

Chris Benz Spring 2011

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Every season, Chris Benz shows one of my favorite bright technicolor collections of NYFW. This season, I was lucky enough to see his creations first hand, thanks to my friends at Styled On. You may have already seen some of these images in my photo diary. But I thought I’d share even more behind the scenes shots here!

I arrived about an hour and a half before the presentation was scheduled to begin. Most of the models were in the midst of having their hair and makeup done.

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Gorgeous purple polish!

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Makeup: Daniel Martin for Lancome. Nails: Sunshine Outing for Lancome. Hair: John Ruidant for Redken.

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A finished look.

One of my favorite things about being backstage is being able to familiarize yourself with the collection. To see it right in front of you, and even touch it with your own hands. You can miss so much of a look watching it dash down a runway.

You see everything.
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Taking a break before the show.

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Chris checking the progress backstage.

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Making adjustments.

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Not only is Chris an amazing talent, he’s super nice.

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Models waiting to go to their places for the presentation.

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I still can’t get over how amazing these two cardigans are. So so beautiful!

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Squeezing in some quick look book shots.

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Almost ready!

When the presentation started, there were about three minutes of calm, then boom!– It was packed.
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Everyone there was gushing over how gorgeous the collection was.

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I personally enjoy Chris’ clothing because for spring, it combines the best of retro fashion, with new modern sensibilities. Classic fabrics are updated with bright colors, and florals never look dowdy or out of date. It’s just FUN!

Celebrities also love Chris! His presentation had one of the best celeb turnouts of any I attended all week:
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Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr. Not pictured: her awesome wooden heel shoes by United Nude

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Denise Richards. I swear she doesn’t age!

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Susan. Her daughter Eva is one of Chris’s best friends, but was reportedly out of town for the show.

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The packed David Rubenstein Atrium!

See the full photo set here.

The Whitney Museum Art Party

Last week the Whitney Museum hosted it’s 2010 art party, celebrating art and fashion. A silent auction and dance party benefiting the museums Independent Study program drew a crowd full of artists, actresses, models, and fashion designers alike.

Among the first celebrities and committee members to arrive was model Alek Wek:
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The always gorgeous Alek almost appears ageless in person.

Committee members:
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Allison Aston, Sarah Brown, Lubov Azria, Brooke Neidich, Ellen Harvey and Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo.

Lubov Azria, wearing a BCBG dress modified by artist Liz Magic Laser:
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VOGUE’s Sarah Brown, wearing a BCBG dress modified by artist Ryan Humphrey:
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Joyce Azria:
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Daughter of designer Max Azria, who’s company co-sponsored the event.

Committee member Christina Ricci wore a gorgeous cream colored Herve Leger dress, which she told reporters “took multiple people to zip her into”.
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Christina and Lubov Azria.

A star since childhood, Christina seemed very sweet and down to earth with reporters:
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At one point, Leigh was actually smiling!

Actress Eva Amurri arrived with fashion designer Chris Benz, who seemed a bit shy in front of the blinding flashbulbs:
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Wearing BCBG.

Committee member Maggie Grace:
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Wearing a skirt hand-painted by artist Ellen Harvey.

Real Housewife of NYC Kelly Bensimon practically caused a photographer riot when she nearly flashed the crowd (due to her dresses wide arm holes).Kelly Bensimon

Kelly and designer Adam Lippes:
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Fashion Designer Yigal Azrouel made a quick appearance:
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The crowd went wild, nearly knocking me off of my step stool when event host Emilie de Raven arrived.
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I’ve been a fan of Emilie’s since her days on the WB’s Roswell, so it was great to see her adorableness in person. She looked ridiculously cute in her ballerina-esque BCBG blue dress and embellished headband.

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One of the last arrivals was Ivanka Trump.
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Looking absolutely stunning, as always.

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After the arrivals, I made a quick spin through the party. The event took up two large rooms in a Mercer Street loft space, decorated to look like an outdoor garden by Bronson Van Wyck. Live performances took place in which artists transformed white fall 2010 BCBG dresses into works of art. I could have stayed and danced to DJ Paul Sevigny’s expertly curated mix of 70’s dance music with the event’s many guests. But I was exhausted after 3hours of photo taking, and anxious to go home and get out of my rained on ensemble. If you’re now looking forward to the Whitney’s 2011 art party, know you don’t have to be a celebrity or artist to attend! Tickets are sold to the public every year.

See the entire photo set here.