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Chris Benz Fall 2012 Presentation

Here are some photos I snapped at the Chris Benz Fall 2012 collection presentation, one of the highlights of fashion week for the simple fact that you never know what you're getting to see by this wildly imaginative designer. With Big Band tunes booming in the background, models decked out in '60s era party frocks stood against a gold sequin backdrop and smiled for the boisterous crowd and enthusiastic photographers. The fashion mash-up revolved around Christmas colors like red and green, lots of shine, girly patent leather pumps and quirky accessories like little hats and vintage-style jewels. Beauty was equally bold - think shimmering blue eye-shadow and teased wigs. Yes, it was a spectacle, but everything was also really wearable if you were to break it down. Everything, that is, but some split-finger gloves which were admittedly, kinda disturbing. What do you think of the collection? It makes you smile, no?

Reem Acra Fall 2012 Runway Show

I attended the Reem Acra Fall 2012 runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, my first time seeing this designer whom I've long admired for her incredible bridal wear. But there wasn't even so much as a hint of white in this collection, which was inspired by feminine power of a different sort. The show started with a lot of leather, mixed with underpinnings of lace and chiffon. Each bold look was so intricate that it was hard to absorb (the models walk by so fast), but the effect was impressive. My favorite looks were thigh-high cocktail dresses and glitzy red-carpet gowns - it's hard not to be wowed by these types of pieces on the runway, even if they have no chance of ever fitting into my own closet and lifestyle. Just pure fashion fireworks.