I am really really liking the 2011 Resort collection by Chris Benz. I just think it is stunning... Simple as.
Benz says he was thinking of Sascha Brastoff, a mid-century ceramist as a starting off point. Brastoff's muses included Carmen Miranda. Miranda was quite the tomboy in the forties and this was also an inspiration for Benz.
I feel the Carmen Miranda vibe from these pieces but also just a slight bit of Jackie O, especially in the designing of the hair. I really do get the feel of outlandish holidays in Brazil or Argentina when I look at this collection. I can just imagine some ridiculously rich aristocratic couple had landed in South America for the summer and this is what was in the woman's many many suitcases.
Maybe thats why I love this collection so much...
Apologies about the amount of pictures, I found it very hard to narrow down this collection.