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Rolling with Benz

Lucky for designer Chris Benz, he says he doesn’t get nervous before his shows.

Eva Amurri and Chris Benz

Eva Amurri and Chris Benz

Photo By Kristen Somody Whalen

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.