Chris Benz Was Inspired By Icons Like Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe For Fall

Chris Benz inspired by icons of the '50s and '60s.

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A look from Chris Benz's '50s and '60s-inspired fall collection.
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Designer Chris Benz cited icons like Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe as inspiration for his Fall 2012 collection, held at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.
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"I got inspired by the idea of someone watching their mom getting ready for a holiday party," the designer told us -- circa the 1950s and early 1960s.
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Benz told us, "I spent a lot of time looking at old Christmas specials."
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Benz, who has a knack for mixing textures and color, did not let his fans down this season. Benz mixed tulle, lame, sequins and knits this season.
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He also brought back the petticoat this season. This was a standout dress in the collection.
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Benz's celebrity fan base is varied -- everyone from Debbie Harry, to Johnny Weir stopped by to check out the presentation.
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The soundtrack playing in the background included songs from West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and The Artist.
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All of the looks in the collection were paired with round toe heels in patent leather -- there were versions in red, green, and white.
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Other accessories in the collection included topper hats and patent leather debutante gloves.
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The retro wigs also added a fun element to the collection. Benz told us, "I am ready to see girls dress up again." So are we.
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