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CHRIS BENZ: Spring 2012 Collection

Words: Tatiana R. Johnson

September 12, 2011 was indeed a fashionable day, not to mention the first time (in years) that it hasn’t
rained during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall was the place to be on the fifth day of what some refer to as the Super Bowl of fashion, and Chris Benz’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection presentation was the show.

Stylist June Ambrose, style critic Kelly Osbourne, figure skater Johnny Weir were among a notable set of editors and fashionistas who came out for the unveiling, where color blocking seemed to be a recurring theme. Bold prints didn’t stray too far behind as a mixture of 1960s’ motifs and some familiar patterns made appearances throughout the collection.

A departure from the simplicity we saw in his collection last season, for Spring/Summer 2012, Chris takes risks, adding sequins, tweed and colorful components all in one look. Even camouflage juxtaposed to bright pinks and light blues make so much sense when Benz puts them together. Think ready-to-wear for the working hipster chic set, with a few pieces for the more casual, laid back types and show-stoppers.

“I’m definitely a fan,” says June Ambrose when asked what brought her out to the Chris Benz presentation. The great uses of orange and blues were high points as was his attempt at going mod without being too square. Overall this season’s looks by Chris Benz compliment the body effortlessly. Out of his 30 plus looks, we gathered our favorites as seen above, which feature the must-have fatigue blazer, harem pants, kimono-style dress and floral skirt.

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