2008 September 9
Chris Benz - New York Spring 2009
(NEW YORK) Rather than a runway show or a presentation in a gallery or showroom, Chris Benz staged his Spring 2009 in a theater. While friends Elettra Weidemann and Eva Amurri (with mom Susan Sarandon) looked on, models in Benz’s signature bright colors and quirky-cool separates walked across the stage. “We sort of started with the beginnings of American sportswear,” Benz said of his inspirations. “It’s all about that tailcoat proportion, shorts, with a sans-culottes, French Revolution thing in there too – updated for America.” Bright yellows, chartreuses, and mustards stood out for spring, with details like paint-splatter prints, off the shoulder tees and dresses and colorful flat oxford shoes that Benz paired with evening gowns.