Lucky for designer Chris Benz, he says he doesn’t get nervous before his shows. He finishes each stitch and hem on the collection days in advance and if a last-minute model switch gums up the works, well, the young West Coaster lets it roll off his back like a seasoned pro. And so his post-show dinner at Bette on Tuesday night was not the sort of crowded frenetic bash most young designers throw but but rather a relaxed, civilized affair attended by Benz’s pals from his West Village neighborhood and nightclub days and even his mom who flew in from Seattle.

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