Runway Looks for Less: Bensoni Fall 2011

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Bensoni Fall 2011 - Knitted leggings, burnt orange plaid jacket


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Bensoni Fall 2011 - Purple dress, green jacket, over-the-knee boots
Bensoni Fall 2011 - blue and black plaid dress, lace choker

Bensoni is known for their distinct and cohesive style. The designers behind the line, Benjamin Clyburn and Sonia Voons, work to create an aesthetic that takes "an exquisitely tailored look at femininity", according to Bensoni.com.

This fall, Bensoni produced a collection that was edgy and romantic with a modern victorian vibe. The pieces, including over-the-knee boots, dark,  jewel-toned coats, and subtle prints had a gothic feel without being overly dark. The collection also included a mixture textures, from knits to tweeds, leather and lace. Together, these multi-textured pieces created edgy fall looks with a feminine gothic feel.

Want to channel some of Bensoni's chic goth aesthetic in your own wardrobe? Check three budget-friendly looks inspired by the collection:

Look #1: Tribal Patterns Trimmed with Fur

Bensoni Pattern Skirt with Fur Vest and Leather Leggings


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My favorite thing about Bensoni is their ability to combine so many different patterns and textures with such ease. This look is a perfect example - it mixes black leather, grey fur, sheer leopard print, and a funky tribal-esque plaid. The fur adds dimension to the silky blouse, while the patterned skirt adds a pop of color and design to the look.

Getting the Look

Outfit inspired by Bensoni Fall 2011 - Pink skirt, patterned blouse, fur vest, black boots


{Blouse, Vest, Boots, Tights, Ring, Bracelet, Skirt}

The focus of this outfit is the statement-making skirt. While the original Bensoni skirt was dark in color, I chose a solid colored coral a-line skirt for a brighter take on the look. Pair it with a silky patterned blouse and layer on a fur vest. Cover up those legs with a pair of opaque tights and add over-the-knee boots for edge. Finally, add a little sparkle with gold bangles and this quirky carved face ring.

Look #2: Spidery Lace

Bensoni Pattern Blazer with Tee and Lace Maxi


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This look has a certain Morticia Addams feel with its spidery lace maxi skirt and victorian-inspired blazer. The look has a gothic, romantic aesthetic that still somehow comes off as wearable. My favorite part of the look, however, is the bold lace choker - it's such a fantastic, statement-making piece.

Getting the Look

Outfit inspired by Bensoni Fall 2011 - Black maxi skirt, graphic tee, black blazer, mary-jane heels


{Tee,Skirt, Necklace, Blazer, Heels, Bag}

To get the romantic gothic feel of this look, start with a long black lace maxi skirt. Next, tone the bold skirt down with a graphic tee - I chose this cropped Beatles tee, but you could substitute just about any white graphic top. Polish the casual tee up with a black blazer. For accessories, grab a dark statement necklace, preferably with lace detailing. Finish the look off with black pumps and add a pop of color with a red bag.

Look #3: Rocker Chic

Bensoni striped dress with studded leather jacket


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Bensoni created a chic mixture of goth and rocker in this last look. The black and white striped dress is paired perfectly with a long studded leather jacket. The look doesn't stop there, though - Bensoni added a touch of romance with lace ankle strap shoes.

Getting the Look

Outfit inspired by Bensoni Fall 2011 - Striped dress, leather moto jacket, bow heels, statement necklace


{Dress, Jacket, Heels, Lipstick, Necklace}

To recreate this rocker look, start with a black and white body con dress and layer it with this studded leather jacket. Add extra edge with a spiked statement necklace. To infuse a bit of romance a la the original look, I added these black bow heels. If you'd rather have Bensoni's lace ankle detail, tie a piece of lace around your ankle and pair it with basic black pumps. Finish the look by smearing on a pink lip.

Your thoughts?

Want do you think about Bensoni's romantic goth looks? Which look will you most likely be rocking? What other designer looks would you love to see recreated here? Tell me in the comments!