Chris Benz Fall 2012 Review

Chris Benz

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Chris Benz's Fall 2012 Collection.

SHOW: Chris Benz

THEME: A vaguely retro ode to dressing up again

HAIR: Tigi

MAKEUP: Lancome

ACCESSORIES: Shoes by Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz, hats by Patricia Underwood for Chris Benz, and jewelry by The Woods for Chris Benz

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: A bright and cheerful collection to put a smile on any Fashion Week-weary face.

There’s nothing like a Chris Benz presentation to put you in a good mood just past the halfway point of Fashion Week. At the designer’s presentation at Avery Fisher Hall, even the music was an instant pick-me-up: the soundtracks from West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Artist.

“I definitely do love a good musical,” Benz told FashionEtc. “We were looking at all this old footage of Judy Garland and Dolly Parton and all those old Christmas specials from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and we were really trying to recreate that spirit for our girl.

“For Fall, we were loving the idea of dressing up again,” he said. “Everybody really understands how to be casual, but there’s something to be said for dressing up to go some place.”

Now all the Benz girl needs is somewhere to go, because with this collection, she’s got plenty to wear: sequined floral tunics, layered scarves and petticoats, trim little trousers and bright jackets, touches of fur, and plenty of ebullient prints, all put together with that magpie, more-is-more styling sensibility that Benz has become known for.

Now, who’s up for a night out?