Seattle-born fashion designer Chris Benz developed his ultra-feminine aesthetic during childhood moments spent exploring the 1950s artifacts stored in his grandmother’s attic. Benz studied at Parsons and interned with Marc Jacobs before winning the CFDA's Emerging Designer award and launching his buzz-generating eponymous label in 2007. Benz uses the term “reckless preppie” to describe the ideal customer for his dresses, belted print jackets, shoes and other wares: high-end eyeglass frames designed in collaboration with Moscot, “Chris & Tell” lipstick for Lancôme, and more. In recent years he’s appeared on Bravo's <i>The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection</i> and HBO's <i>How to Make It in America</i>. With his unique approach to casual elegance, Chris Benz is poised to redefine American sportswear.
Those in the market for feminine, well-tailored separates will discover beautiful looks in a variety of color schemes. From Behnaz Sarafpour, elegant dresses, sharp blazers and slick pencil skirts come in a deep monochromatic palette. Just as refined is the Chris Benz assortment, but more effusive, pastel hues factor into the mix. Finally, Christian Cota follows suit with metallics and rich primary hues, infusing several select pieces, from a drop-waist dress to a gorgeously pleated blouse.
Flowers will power your spring wardrobe. Incorporate the ultimate feminine motif into your closet and jewelry drawer with dreamy hydrangea and tulip print dresses, lightweight coats scattered with bold florals, multi-strand statement necklaces, and hand-painted shifts.
Chris Benz has famously said he wants to dress the “reckless preppie.” That nonchalance and ease with fashion is evident in these sashed, tied and draped day dresses. More looks from this sportswear star include vibrant one-shouldered cocktail dresses and tiered, color-washed skirts primed for country picnics. Elsewhere, mixed-up patterns rule like these playful polka dot tanks.
With our selection of unique looks from these three daring designers, you're sure to find something that suits. From simple silk dresses in timely hues, to printed draped ones in of-the-moment coral, this sale's got all your spring whims covered. Tie-dye blazers in black and gray? We've got those too.