The Select Guest

Photographs by  Daphne Youree

Photographs by Daphne Youree


Featured 3.11-3.17 | While we may not consider ourselves a source for breaking news, we’ve got something hot off the press for you this week: Chris Benz, who has always had his feet firmly planted in the fashion world (his resume reads like the front row at Paris Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs, CFDA awards, designer of an eponymous line of ready-to-wear, Creative Director at Bill Blass, features in Vogue, Vanity Fair, WWD — the list goes on. And on), is coming home. That’s right, the aptly named Prince of Color (stick around all week to see how he colorful he truly is), who cut his teeth as a womenswear designer at J. Crew under Mickey Drexler in 2005, has just been named Senior Vice President of Women’s + Children’s Design for the brand. Read that last line again. And if that’s not the most exciting news we’ve ever delivered, then we don’t know what is, because what it means is that Benz will have a very large platform from which to make the world a much more vibrant place. But that’s not where the story of this creative powerhouse ends. Not by a longshot. Whether he’s designing carefree interiors (his house is everything), creating eye catching wallpapers (he was tapped by Select Guest alum Nathan Turner to create some pretty spectacular papers for Wallshoppe) or designing the hell out of women’s clothing, Chris Benz is a ray of human sunshine and he’s everything we need right now. Welcome to Chris’ week.