I was thrilled to receive an invitation to exciting up-and-coming designer Chris Benz's Fall/Winter 2011 presentation, especially when just hours before, at the Tweetup with Peter Davis, he kept saying that Chris Benz was the designer he was most excited about this season at Fashion Week! I was crushed when I ended up having to head back to DC before the presentation. That's when the lovely Jordanna from The Fashionisette stepped in to save the day, and cover the presentation for Fasshonaburu. Check out her review below, and be sure to visit her blog for more fashion goodness!
The long line wrapped around the block was a strong indication that the Chris Benz presentation was the one to see. While it wasn’t the easiest presentation to navigate through, the “round table of Benz” didn’t disappoint. The presentation was filled with ready-to-wear pieces that echoed the ease of southern hospitality, of which Savannah, GA was his inspiration. The collection offered multiple separates, creating versatility within the looks. I love when you can take a pair of pants or a jacket and mix it up with other pieces in a collection for an entirely different look.
The color palette was mainly grays, nudes, yellows, and blacks, with a dash of pink and plaids that all combined smoothly. From a college student to a successful femmepreneur, this collection fits the style of any woman who wants to dress up with that comfortable dress down feeling. Closed-toe platform wedges by Alejandro Ingelmo were the perfect choice to bring the collection to new heights, and the 70’s style fedora floppy hats [which I swooned over] designed by Patricia Underwood really topped off the looks. Suits, dresses, jackets, and pants were layered to create a dramatic juxtaposition that definitely worked.
With a mix of ruffles, fur, florals, sequins, plaids, and bows, this new “it” designer definitely will not be gone with the wind.
See all of The Fashionisette's shots from the Chris Benz presentation below (or click the widget to view full screen):