By Sarah Kleinhenz, Fashion Week Correspondent
Riding up the escalator to view the Chris Benz spring collection, I was met with an overwhelming feeling of what it must be like to be in an Andy Warhol painting, or his studio for that matter. With crazy florals and sixties-inspired prints, I was more and more intrigued as I moved down the room to view the rest of the collection. CB himself was there, hot-pink hair and all, to chat with viewers and explain his collection.
Surprisingly, his designs were more on the modest, covered-up side, than most other collections I saw last week. (Which I think is refreshing!) More and more looks for spring are looks that I think can go from day to night, and you're more able to use your closet and get the most out of what you pay for such amazing pieces. Love this! I'm not sure how many of his looks one could pull off in the office, but they're fabulous for other events a gorgeous lady might have around the city.
Mixing black and white patterns with bold, bright hues, CB created this messy, put-together look that just worked. Not many designers can pull that off, let alone make it mesh with conflicting textures and patterns. My FAV look of the evening? Girlies, you have to check out the photo of the blush- and latte-colored dress with the orange belt. I love how simple it is, but also how it adds a bit of "attitude" with the pop of orange. This look is great for someone who wants to try a trend or look, but needs to do it with baby steps. Neon is here for next season, so you might as well start thinking of ways to mix it into your wardrobe, and using accessories is a fab opportunity.
I adored the Chris Benz fall collection and this spring will be no different. He's so creative and talented that I see him staying around for years to come. Which will be amazing, because I'll always look forward to how interesting and well-thought-out his next collection will be. He's one to watch, fellow fashionistas!
Oh, and you all remember me gushing over Alejandro Inglemo? Well, fellow shoe lovers, he designed the shoes for this presentation. Most of them were tennis-shoe-type-styles, but there were a few high-heeled options for us loyal stiletto wearers.
P.S. Jordin Sparks was there to support the new collection along with Johnny Weir and Nate Berkus.
[Photo Credit: Sarah Kleinhenz]