24 posts tagged "Chris Benz"
In our print-crazed moment, wild designs of every stripe are getting fresh looks, from printed pants to clashing patterned outfits. But around our office, we’ve been feeling the time’s right for a more classic, utilitarian print to make a comeback, too: good, old-fashioned army/navy camouflage. Looks like we’re not alone. Chris Benz, in the Times today, discussed his renewed fondness for all things camo (including the more graphic Australian and Duck patterned versions), and designers from Prada to J Brand to Rag & Bone have all showed print pieces. They’re bold enough to look basic, even neutral—but you definitely won’t blend in. Here are a few of our favorite items.
Above: Rag & Bone Fall ’10; A.P.C. military-style jacket, $340, available at www.apc.fr.
Prada bifold Saffiano leather wallet, $355, available at www.prada.com.
Camouflage-printed silk shirt by Equipment (right) and T-shirt by Wayne (left).
Bags from Michael Kors (left) and Trussardi 1911 (right).
Camouflage-printed jeans by J Brand.
In town for a few short days of Fall ’10 press appointments at the Chateau (including some strategic meetings with stylists for appearances at Cannes), Chris Benz (pictured, with Shiva Rose) took a little breather to mingle with friends at a cocktail party thrown in his honor at interior designer Nathan Turner’s West Hollywood store. It wasn’t his own stomping grounds, per se—Benz is from Washington State—but the native West Coaster was feeling the left-side vibe. “Being from Seattle, I totally get L.A.,” Benz said. “It’s such a big market for us because people just get the clothes and that casual elegance that we try and convey.”
Why is that? Call it the shining-sun effect of the California climate (despite, that is, the evening’s unseasonably cool temperatures and gusty breezes—they didn’t seem to keep the crowd at bay, anyhow). “L.A. is nice because it has that great mix of cool girl and classic lady and they both really understand the colors that I love and use,” Benz told us of his sunny, Day-Glo palette. “They’ll just wear my sparkly dresses with flats.”
That fits the designer’s evolving maxi-meets-mini approach. Resort, he said, is “a more minimal approach to elegance and refinement.” Next week, he’s back in the studio for sample-making, but he’s got one more warm-weather stop before heading home. Instead of walking the red carpet at Monday’s Met Ball, Benz will be sitting on a panel called “Fashion in 360 Degrees: Building a Fashion Label” at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
With the wind of Marc Levin’s HBO documentary Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, which aired Monday, at their backs, supporters of NYC’s shrinking Garment District gathered today at noon for a Save the Garment Center rally. There was a sizable turnout for the event at the corner of 39th Street and Seventh Avenue, which was organized by a mix of city officials and led by designers Nanette Lepore and Yeohlee Teng. The crowd spanned the entire northeast side of the block reaching to 40th Street. “The Garment Center is the lifeblood of New York City…and we need to preserve it,” said Lepore, standing on a small stage, to the assembled fashion students, designers, and Garment District workers. “The city has already lost enough of what keeps us unique,” she added.
Designer and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg turned up to lend her considerable support, as did Michael Kors, Victoria Bartlett, Maria Cornejo, Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and Chris Benz. “I produce my entire collection here,” said Benz. “For a young designer, the quantities for production lots overseas are enormous. They ask for 1,000 pieces at a time.” Erin Fetherston, who was part of the cause but was out of town filming a broadcast for her line with QVC, had similar thoughts. “The Garment District is so important to New York and New York fashion,” said Fetherston, before the rally. “Big American brands and young designers alike all have access to the same great resources for making clothing.” Or as one of the posters cheekily but effectively summarized, “It’s Sew N.Y.”