Outward Bound Debutante was the title for Chris Benz's latest effort. "It's inspired by those bad girls I knew in high school," he said. "The ones who got sent away to wilderness camp. This is what I imagine them wearing."
A gold anorak, a hand-crocheted tank dress, cargo jackets with fur trim Benz's vision was definitely more Troop Beverly Hills than backwoods rehab, but somehow it made sense. Highlights included a violet and mustard plaid blazer with jewel-encrusted lapel, a simple but distinctive metallic sweatshirt, and any of the mid-calf-length eveningwear, which the designer described as "so nineties," though they actually felt totally modern. (The neon yellow fur-trapper hats and mittens, however, might not make it beyond the runway.)
Benz is not the go-to for basic tees or classic trousers, nor does he try to be. "I want every piece I produce to be incredibly special," he said. Luckily, his unique point of view all but guarantees him a niche in the market.