Style & Beauty

Elaine Benes: Style Icon?

Like a modest Robert Palmer-girl army, the women mingled in floor-length print dresses and brown lace-up boots with their hair in messy secretary buns. The genesis of the look could have been those unforgettable images of fundamentalist Mormon women that dominated the news a couple of years back. But if you squinted, what you saw was a sea of Elaines. Listen and you could almost hear the funky slap bass that played as segue music on "Seinfeld." Could it be that the stars have somehow aligned to make Elaine Benes the summer's downtown fashion muse?