We caught up with the adorable, easy-going, rainbow-haired Chris Benz before his presentation as he was applying last-minute fixes to his Fall 2011 collection. Mind you, it's about five minutes until his presentation and he's got a pair of scissors in hand, fixing bows and rearranging jewelry.
FabSugar: Can you talk to FabSugar and tinker at the same time?
Chris Benz: Oh, I love FabSugar! Absolutely. (To model) OK, you're ready to be shot.
FS: What was the inspiration of your collection?
CB: I have been a mentor for SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), so I've been traveling down to Savannah, GA, a lot. And I've been able to explore this Southern, sort of creepy town. So that was the impetus for Fall. All of this haunting beauty. Even the color palette is that sort of swampy beauty that we love.
FS: We love the hats. Can you tell us about them?
CB: Oh thank you! Yes, they're actually a collaboration with Patricia Underwood.
FS: Who is the ideal woman you like to see in your clothes?
CB: We have so many great supporters of the collection. I have always wanted people that understood it to gravitate towards it, like Susan Sarandon and her daughter Eva, or Kelly Osbourne. Debbie Harry is the new great supporter, who represents that kind of American renegade that we love. I just love that carefree kind of girl who doesn't take herself too seriously.
FS: I see you collaborated with Alejandro Ingelmo on shoes again. Is that fun?
CB: Yes, we were friends and that's how the collaboration started.
FS: What are you doing after the show?
CB: Nothing! We've been putting all our focus into this. Seriously, no plans. Although I'm sure I'll end up at a bar someplace.