style.com: Bensoni Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear review
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NEW YORK, February 13, 2011
By Alison Baenen
Sonia Yoon’s impending nuptials—she’s getting married in May—got her and design partner Benjamin Channing Clyburn feeling nostalgic about their youth. Don’t laugh; the duo may still have plenty of their twenties left ahead of them, but Yoon marks the wedding ceremony as a passage into adulthood, and rightfully so. The bride-to-be’s jitters propelled the pair to stage a faux bash, a Gothic Wedding they called it in their show notes, where the designers could plan without giving a whit for tradition.
Cute idea, but maybe too cute? A few pieces felt costumey (and not just the black wedding gown that closed), and it was hard to shake the feeling of familiar tropes being revisited instead of new territory being explored. To be fair, Yoon and Clyburn were clear that a trip down memory lane would naturally pass through the nineties (fertile stomping ground for all this season, it seems), and in fact, a wispy, long-sleeve T-shirt dress cut on the bias was simple and lovely. But there wasn’t much that was fresh about the tiered and slashed hemlines on numerous dresses and tops—several of which came in plaid, to boot. It would be nice next season if Bensoni gave their backstory less import and let the design process lead the way.