Fashion Week Observed
The Eight-Day Week
When Alex Drexler, son of retail macher Millard “Mickey” Drexler, launched his new clothing venture last month, he wasn’t the first entrepreneur to start a line with his father’s blessing.
Under Mr. Drexler, J. Crew has become an incubator for fashion self-starters.
Chris Benz got his start at J. Crew, and now his colorful, exuberant designs (and personality) are a favorite of everyone from Kim Kardashian to Michelle Obama.
Fashion Week Observed
Forget Project Runway—the real fashion showdown is at “Fusion,” the annual competition that pits future design superstars from Parsons against those from FIT in a runway show with only one winner and one school going home with the gold. Past Fusion contestants have included Prabal Gurung, Chris Benz and Alexander Wang. The catwalk competition includes Read More
After last night, The New York Observer can confidentially say it has gone where no man has gone before: Barbie’s Dream Closet.
Fashion’s Night Out drew a big crowd at Saks Fifth Avenue. People scurried about on the first floor: getting their make-up done, being sprayed with perfume and hand lotion, and, presumably, buying things.
On the second floor, designer Chris Benz stood awkwardly in front of a television with a sign next to it that read Read More
Twenty-six-year-old Chris Benz is among the designers who scaled back to a "presentation" this Fashion Week (after staging his first runway show in September 2008). But restraint was not otherwise in evidence Monday evening at the West Chelsea industrial space where 36 models in colorful cashmere, silk chiffon ruffles, sheared mink, and, in one instance, Read More
"From what I understand, New Yorkers aren’t approving of a third term of [Mayor Michael] Bloomberg," said actress Susan Sarandon at the U.S. debut of the French clothing store Comptoir des Cotonniers in Soho on Thursday, Oct. 23. "I’ll be interested to see who the opposition is because if they are mad at Bloomberg, they Read More
When New York Fashion Week starts on Friday, Feb. 1, many will promptly begin anticipating its climax seven days later, when Marc Jacobs is scheduled to show his fall 2008 collection at the Lexington Avenue Armory at 7 p.m.—an improvement over last season’s 9 p.m. start time, which turned into 11 p.m. Mr. Jacobs had Read More
Good God, is it Fashion Week again already? However did this happen?
In today's salmon sheet:
On Thursday, Aug. 30, the designer Chris Benz answered the door of his sleek studio space in the Garment District wearing Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers, cutoff khaki pants, and a rumpled pink Ascot Chang button-down shirt worn Tom Ford-style—that is, revealing a respectable amount of chest hair.
Inside an expansive gray room, hanging in Read More