September 10, 2012 New York
Believe it or not, this season was influenced by the notion of a zombie apocalypse and "people's attraction to the macabre," according to Benz. "I wanted it to be pretty in an off-putting way," he said. That translated to eccentric, layered outfits like a bracelet-sleeve, hexagon-print topper shown over a mixed floral midi-length dress and wide-leg jeans, for example. That's only a mild instance of the power piling going on here. Crumpled polyester trousers, chunky sweaters tied around the waist, and "garish" paillette-crocheted blankets all made frequent appearances. While many of these pieces would work just fine on their own, the more-is-more styling suited Benz's inclusive message—although we wouldn't recommend wearing a dress over a skirt over pants anytime soon.