MBFW: What Did Chris Benz Do on His Birthday? He Had a Fashion Show!

Behind the scenes at Chris Benz's spring '13 fashion show, we've got the deets on brand new makeup from Lancome!

MBFW: What Did Chris Benz Do on His Birthday? He Had a Fashion Show!

Behind the scenes at Chris Benz’s spring ’13 fashion show, we’ve got the deets on brand new makeup from Lancome!

-Flora Lels

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Chris Benz clearly had a very specific look and personality he was aiming to exude with his 2013 collection. Unpacking what the final ensemble would reveal was fun as we checked out the models getting hair and makeup done backstage.

chris benz spring 13 fashion show backstage

In terms of hair, it was braids, braids, braids! In fact that was prep for a crimped hair look that led to a whimsical, mermaid look. Each model had all hair in 8 to 12 braids, then hairspray was applied, which resulted in that wavy crimped look that was hot in the 80s.

Makeup for the presentation was done by Lancome, led by artist Daniel Martin. The products used complimented and ehanced Chris’ fashion vision.

chris benz model with lancome makeup

There was a major use of pink on cheeks and eyes led to a this angelic, nymph aura. Color Design Infinite Perpetual Pink eye shadow just came out was used on eyes and applied from eyelid all the way to the brow. The complementary blush in Love 20 Pommettes D’Amour was heavily applied on the cheeks, then blended into the pink eyeshadow to create an of pink and coral. The rest of the face was left pale. They just used clear mascara and a lovely lip balm called Baume in Love 120 Coral Electric. Both the Lancome blush and lip balm will debut spring 2013. To me, this look was too theatrical. I felt like it bordered on whimsy beautiful and sickly too. But it did make a bold statement!

chris benz spring 13 fashion show

When it came time to reveal the Chris Benz collection I overheard the designer explain that the inspiration was heavily influenced by the “push and pull between pretty and scary,” and that it also leaned into the Japanese aesthetic (specifically Japanese horror movies) to create what Chris called a “wood nymph” look.

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Looking at the dresses, pantsuits, skirts that were replete with geometric details, old lace and shimmering fabrics, topped off with bold color, I couldn’t help think of the beautiful Gwen Stefani being able to rock this collection. The clothes require a confident woman, not afraid to approach the almost shocking, punk realm. We’re talking skirts over pants, bright patterned blazers, crocheted sweaters, and Kelly green graphic print. I couldn’t agree more when I heard Chris point out a collection favorite, a gorgeous Japanese inspired turquoise ensemble – a pantsuit that had an industrial fabric that made the model glow.

For the right fashionista, not the faint-hearted, this playful colorful collection will certainly turn heads.

p.s. Happy Birthday Chris Benz! Nice work on your birthday!

Flora Lels is a special Fashion Week Betty correspondent, and is the Community Director of style.dailybuzz.com.

Photos courtesy of Amanda Holstein, the author of Advice from a Twenty Something


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