My 100th Post: Street Art Street Wear

I love graffiti and street art (or any form of self expression for that matter). And the west loop is full of it. I know I dressed a bit unseasonably for the event I was headed to… 

Is it just me, or is this look reminiscent of Christina Aguilera in the “Come On Over” video? I promise it was not modeled off of her. But I definitely don’t hate dressing like a late 90’s pop star. 

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Wearing: Akira Top (similar Here) // James Jeans // BCBGeneration Booties (similar Here) // Les Petites Belt (similar Here)

// Marc by Marc Jacobs Clutch (similar Here) //

Photos: Arin Agase of Heart of Chic

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Outfit + Interview: Christian Benner Custom

Christian Benner is a designer and visionary based in NYC. His work consists largely of distressing and revamping tees and leather goods to give them a new life. You’ve probably seen his pieces worn by musicians and celebrities alike. I was fortunate enough to chat with him about what influences him and what it’s like to be a designer. I find him to be extremely inspiring, and I hope you will too! Check out my look and interview below…

 

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AP: How did you get started?
CB: I started making stuff for myself because I couldn’t find anything that fit my style out there. I took it upon myself to just make it for myself.
 
AP: Who is you fashion icon?
CB: Alexander McQueen as every piece is unique and a piece of artwork.
 
AP: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
CB: Everyday New York City as I try to spend a few hours everyday walking around and observing, especially in Lower Manhattan.
 
AP: What is the first piece you made?
CB: An american flag leather jacket.
 
AP: Do you have a mentor? If so, how did they help you?
CB: My record collection as I go through phases of music with each record inspiring me to create a new piece of art.
 
AP: What is the # 1 style rule that you live by?
CB: The only rule is…there are no rules.
 
AP: Where do you see Christian Benner Custom 10 years from now?
CB: Hopefully to expand to a ready-to-wear level and have a full collection available in stores world-wide.
 
AP: What is the craziest experience you’ve had in this industry?
CB: Producing my first runway show and watching my collection come to life right before my eyes.
 
AP: What are some of the biggest challenges in starting your own line?
CB: Realizing that I could actually do it and getting over the fear of going out on my own.
 
AP: Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?
CB: You just have to do it. Don’t think, just go with it.

 

Christian’s designs can be seen at www.christianbennercustom.com/. Be sure to follow him on Instagram as well (@ChristianBenner) for a behind the scenes look at his process, and for even more of his work. 

Wearing: Christian Benner Custom Shirt | One Teaspoon Shorts | Rebecca Minkoff Camera Bag (Similar) | Elle Macpherson Intimates Bra | Urban Outfitters Socks | Shoe Cult Shoes (Similar) |

Photos: Gianna Zarlengo

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