It was strange to see actress Susan Sarandon in the midst of the fashion crowd Monday at Chris Benz's presentation. It was more strange to picture her wearing Benz's very young, borderline frumpy -- meant as a compliment -- ensembles. Perhaps Johnny Weir, also in attendance at Benz and virtually every other show this week, would have an easier time carrying off these looks. Benz, inspired by spending time as a mentor for a Georgia design school, made clothes for the co-ed, circa 1972. Bigger than life hats, layers upon layers of sweaters, blouses, skirts, and fur trimmed coats gave his models the appearance of having rummaged through thrift stores to piece together their ensembles. But unlike other designers who have tried this approach and failed (we're looking at you, Charlotte Ronson), Benz's approach to this style worked thanks to a color scheme that never felt like Rhoda Morganstern's apartment, and some absolutely fabulous tailoring.