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Geek chic and funky crochet at Chris Benz

Models pose for a picture before the Chris

Models pose for a picture before the Chris Benz fall 2010 collection is modeled Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Lore has it that Seattle-raised Chris Benz used to rummage through his grandmother’s attic as a kid, checking out the antique jewelry and '50s era dolls. That quirky influence -- a vintage-bad-girl-meets-outdoors -- was apparent at his presentation, where models in towering heels, (some visibly weakening from the job) rocked in geek chic bright plaid suits with heavily embellished sequin tops, camo-patterned jackets over slouchy pants, and funky crochet dresses warmed by anoraks. What a gas!

Caught mingling: Kelly Osbourne toting her little dog and Susan Sarandon, both all smiles.

Photo: AP

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