Chris' career in the fashion industry started nearly 6 years ago when he took the courageous move to leave prestigious private fashion school Istituto Marangoni just six months after beginning his studies. He felt the school that had produced creatives behind industry leaders D&G and Moschino was to restricting to his creativity and he chose to pursue a more hands on approach.
Within months of leaving Chris secured his styling role as the UK stylist to the Scissor Sisters under the creative direction of high profile American stylist Zaldy Goco who also looked after Gwen Stefani and headed her label LAMB. During the periods the band were not in the UK Chris struck a friendship with four time Menswear Designer of the year Kim Jones (now head designer of Louis Vuitton Menswear). Chris assisted Kim on a number of projects both styling and brand consultation prior to Kim becoming Creative Director at Dunhill back in 2008. Once again Chris found himself at a cross roads: work under Kim's team at Dunhill or take the hard route and go it alone. Chris who has never been one to shy away from a little hard work chose to go it alone.
In months of going it alone Chris styled for McQ and Dunhill and has worked on editorials for various global publications with leading photographer such as: Alasdair McLellan, Josh Olins, Pieter Hankett, Ellis Parrinder, Gene Kiegel, Victor De Mello, David Titlow, Mark Lebon and Damon Baker. To date he has worked with the likes of: Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, McQ, Dunhill, and Puma to name just five.
Despite working within the fashion industry for so long Chris' work has remained current and up to date which has lead him to work with an abundance of musicians based in the UK from leading record labels. Chris recently spent two years working exclusively with, styling, creatively consulting and remodelling EMI/Virgin artist Professor Green. This was no mean feet as he took the rapper from tracksuits and casual sportswear to a more refined aesthetic before parting ways in early 2012 when Chris took some time out following the birth of his son.
Towards the end of 2012 Chris was appointed creative director of Luxury eye wear brand, Archibald Optics following consulting to the brand in it's "start up" stages. Archibald are currently the worlds first Luxury eye wear brand to send direct to the consumer online and have picked up press globally in the likes of ELLE and have attracted the attention of male style icons Jude Law in the UK and Nick Wooster in the US. The brand fuses traditional british design with Hi-spec Japanese hand craftsmanship but due to its direct to consumer business model still undercutting their nearest competitors considerably without effecting the high quality of the product.
Due to his work for various brands, publications and high profile clients Chris has gathered a large social media following on the likes of Twitter and his personal blog (ChrisBenns.tumblr.com) as well as continuously being GQs most photographed male over London Fashion Week for his personal style eclipsing the likes of male fashion royalty David Gandy. Due to this press coverage Chris has also been featured in numerous publications giving style advice and talking his career and the brands he works with.
Chris' full website is currently being remodelled in the mean time please feel free to contact him on: StyledByChrisBenns@gmail.com