February 12, 2012 New York
Channeling this nostalgia, Benz presented a Fall collection that at times felt like watching a Turner Classic Movies marathon. Costume wigs, pillbox hats, cabaret soundtrack music, and a gold sequined backdrop amplified the retro vibe of the clothing. For example, tea-length frocks with voluminous petticoats were paired with shrunken cardigans reminiscent of fifties sweater girls. Slim cigarette pants shown with astrakhan pullovers trimmed in mink could've been pulled straight from Holly Golightly's closet. The playful colored fur coats here were a high point, and there were several more straightforward pieces like a structured wool raw-edged topper and printed wide-leg pants that would integrate seamlessly with a modern wardrobe.