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.

Peter Som S/S 2012: Backstage

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Peter Som’s Spring 2012 show was exploding with bursts of colorful– both on the runway and backstage.

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WELLA Professionals creative director Eugene Souleiman created a “rich girl gone bad”, Courtney Love meets the 1960’s influenced hair style that wasn’t “too ladylike”, to contrast with the ultra-feminine floral looks of the collection.

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Peter Som’s S/S ’12 inspiration board

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Extensions, waiting to be applied!

To get the look: Wella Professionals Perfect Styling Blow Dry Lotion and Velvet Amplifier were applied to damp hair, then blown dry. Hair was parted at the side, then curled, and misted with Wella Professionals Pro Ocean Spray. Next, Souleiman ran his fingers through hair, to tousel and break up curls.

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To finish the look, Wella Professionals color ambassador Aura Friedman added platinum extensions colored with pale rose-gold hues (shadowed at the root to help disguise the extensions) to add a 3-D look and focal point to hair. Extensions were secured with bobby pins to the side of the part, where a veil of hair was brushed over top to allow the color to peek through.

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Some of the products used

The finished look:
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Another reason the rose-gold tones were chosen? They flatter all skin tones and hair colors.

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MAC’s Tom Pecheux used a combination of MAC Fig. 1 Eye Shadow with MAC Pro Indian Ink Small Eye Shadow Pro Palette blended above the crease for a retro inspired look. To finish the face, MAC Innocence, Beware! Lipstick was rubbed onto lips for a subtle stained effect.

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ZOYA lead nail tech Sunshine Outing used ZOYA’s Erin to create a light “micro-glazed” effect.

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Overall, I thought the edgy yet still feminine beauty direction complemented the clothes quite well!
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My personal favorite

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2011-2012 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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