Chris Benz

Still little known on the Old Continent, Chris Benz is nonetheless one of the jewels of the young guard of American designers. His creations, saturated with bright colors and shimmering, ignore the trends goth’, enchant criticism and seduce many young women attracted by his pieces at once nonchalant and glamorous, revisiting the US sportswear…

Young Chris is originally from Seattle. The boy is very early fascinated by the attic of his grandmother, who conceals other junk and antiques 50s he developed an attraction for old clothes and likes to imagine today looks inspired trappings of the past . Schoolboy, he is the one who refuses conformism and – the risk of experiencing notion ridiculous – dressed rather eccentrically. He also recognizes himself as her outfits of the time furiously recalled those of the heroes of the series “Saved by the Bell”…

But whatever her, Chris already feels that his future will play either in Seattle or in the same way that most of his comrades. He spends his nights flipping through brochures design schools, and ends up falling on that of the Parsons School. He learned that the property reserves some of its precious places for talented and promising students … This is the sesame that the young man was waiting. At 17, he bends his bags and moved to New York.

At Parsons School, Chris flourishes and is quickly noticed by his teachers who propose to integrate (in parallel to his studies) the studio of Marc Jacobs. To one who masters as well as creative marketing, he learns the ropes. Far from being a disconnected creator of the company, Chris Benz has always wanted to create his own line and especially that it is portable and salable. This is why it is throat all he can learn at the heart of Marc Jacobs team, both in terms of developing a collection that economic constraints and marketing to meet to develop a viable business plan.

In 2004, at the end of his studies, Chris Benz received the “Emerging Designer Award”, awarded by the CFDA ( Council of Fashion Designers of America). He then joined the team at J.Crew. He spends his days to form again and again in this juggernaut of US sales, while spending his nights and weekends to develop its future claw. It nourishes the project since his arrival at the Parsons School when he met Ashley Abess, with whom he quickly built the dream of their own business.

They cross the step in 2007, settling in a room they get cheap. They paint the walls, floors and fixtures funny purchase to make it a cozy place. They feel also so well that they like to dine or spend the evening … With Ashley to the communication commands, two people managing sales and studio and Chris to the creation, team is then complete.

The style of Chris Benz is set in a nice way by his friend and muse of Lancome, Elettra Rossellini, who finds that Chris clothing could be vintage pieces Armani immersed in a bath of vivid colors, making them terribly current and desirable…

Chris Benz is fascinated by the play of proportions, so it is now emerging as an expert cuts and an obsessive attention to detail. If his figures can sometimes seem classic, successive layers of colors that dress in the fashion make UFOs, mixing casual and sophistication perfectly. Moreover, critics are not deceived them: the first designs of Benz, borrowed from playful modernity, stirred up the general enthusiasm.

The muse of the designer in love with New York and its nightlife is a carefree young girl and in the wind, who likes to spend his evenings dancing. For her, it creates clothes a tomboy nothing, with a playful touch of femininity. He dressed from head to feet, likes to design her colorful pieces (yet masculine) it falls wacky accessories, such as maxi capes, fur hats or sandals retro…

The young man and redraws American sportswear. Its collections, sophisticated yet super easy to wear, full of delicate and adventurous parts which are sufficient in themselves. Now, department stores tend to sell his creations, while mannequins love wearing his fuzzy pants and blazers loose, and fashion editors cluttering his machine hoping to borrow some pieces for their fashion series…

Chris Benz leads his life as a young rising star with joyful serenity. He is young, loves to be surrounded by his motley friends fauna (he flies elsewhere once a year with them in Mykonos for two weeks of intensive relaxation) and loves antiquing in the West Village with his friend and creative of Tallulah Rufus-Isaacs accessories. He also made the courtyard of his building his headquarters, where every night he observes the world with its trendy acolytes (the yuppies of the neighborhood and its famous neighbors). He even writes a blog about…

Between intense colors, more neutral palettes, clean lines, retro spirit, modernity and neo elegance, Chris Benz is surely one of the greatest of tomorrow…

 

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