This season Chris Benz thought “like a little kid watching your mom getting ready for a holiday party,” circa the heyday of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. The icons were also part of the story, most obviously in the retro wigs — quite a hoot. This was Benz’s signature color-and-texture fest at its most exuberant. What could best be described as party skirts — full, with ample pleats and layers of tulle and lamé — were great for the girl who doesn’t mind if her outfit wears her. The cropped jackets, some in fur, some in fuzzy wool, on the other hand, were the perfect balance of quirky and current.

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