This morning I was lucky enough to attend the preview for Chris Benz's Resort 2013 Collection. Of the collection, Chris cited Marilyn Monroe as an influence for the beachy bright looks. I definitely see the Monroe inspiration here - both the swimwear and the patterned frocks remind me of the series of photos George Barris took of the star in 1962 on a Santa Monica beach. Marilyn was captured by Barris wearing bright bikinis and various Pucci pieces in different prints and colors. It might be hard to believe that a photo shoot that is fifty years old can still yield some inspiration, but the Barris shoot definitely does. Chris manages to evoke the spirit of this era without ever bordering too close to the original sixties fashions - everything in the collection is fresh and modern while also managing to respect the styles of yesteryear.
View the complete collection at Style.com