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Cushnie et OchsSpring Summer 2015 New York

Runway Review
9/6/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

There's no "It" girl the world over who doesn't want to be spotted in a Cushnie et Ochs dress. The brand has made classic body conscious silhouettes and daring cutout detailing chic - not an easy feat when you think about those techniques on say Pretty Woman's Vivian Ward. These looks are made to be seen, crafted for the sexy, bold, and most importantly toned: no wallflowers need apply.

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs’s Spring efforts were aligned with what the industry has come to expect from them - a collection kicked off with a marigold dress given added panache with a ruffled neckline and cutout sides. The hue ushered in the first of six vignettes, continuing on a fringe-detailed frock, barely-there top, and a few other looks that were instantly poised as red carpet attire. Gilded hoops, geometric bibs, arm bands, and strappy sandals served as accoutrements.

Navy was up next – a color slowly, but surely making its presence felt in the Spring 2015 collections. A silky draped number conjured up Grecian goddess and a one-shoulder top and trousers were among the offerings’ most pared-down ensembles. Then came contrasting blush pink, for an altogether softer spirit. A sultry coated strapless bandeau highlighted the torso when paired with high-waist pants, while ruffles adorned a couple of other frocks in the shade: giving true meaning to the phrase “pretty in pink”.

Blush was followed by black and white stripes – another pattern that is taking serious roots in NYFW this season. Though classic and poignant on the catwalk, the variegated nature of the print might be tricky for real-time wear: things will appear larger than they seem when clad in these particular ensembles…something no sartorially-savvy woman desires. What did stand out among this capsule (besides the obvious) was a bikini: a lane the brand has already begun to cover starting with Resort 2014 and a natural adjacency to their body-baring designs.

The last scenes of the show belonged to the classic palette of black and white. The latter came first with an effortless crop top, pleated dress, grommet-studded number, and highly sophisticated long-sleeve peplum jacket and matching trousers. The final black looks pulled out all the stops with cage detailing, cutouts, and curve-clinging fits. Where most of the Cushnie et Ochs aesthetic is about simply drawing attention to a woman’s curves, these ensembles were brimming with all the bells and whistles: an indication that the twosome does have a knack for technical difficulty.

There’s a kind of fortitude in sticking to your niche and doing it well season after season. That’s exactly what Cushnie et Ochs did here, for a season where the layers begin to peel off revealing more and more skin as the temperatures rise. With that being said, it’s time the brand starts flexing its muscles – a bit of experimentation never hurt after all. Fashion is all about innovation and change and I think the pair has a lot more in them than just riffs on sultry. I’m looking forward to what they think of next.

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9/6/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

There's no "It" girl the world over who doesn't want to be spotted in a Cushnie et Ochs dress. The brand has made classic body conscious silhouettes and daring cutout detailing chic - not an easy feat when you think about those techniques on say Pretty Woman's Vivian Ward. These looks are made to be seen, crafted for the sexy, bold, and most importantly toned: no wallflowers need apply.

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs’s Spring efforts were aligned with what the industry has come to expect from them - a collection kicked off with a marigold dress given added panache with a ruffled neckline and cutout sides. The hue ushered in the first of six vignettes, continuing on a fringe-detailed frock, barely-there top, and a few other looks that were instantly poised as red carpet attire. Gilded hoops, geometric bibs, arm bands, and strappy sandals served as accoutrements.

Navy was up next – a color slowly, but surely making its presence felt in the Spring 2015 collections. A silky draped number conjured up Grecian goddess and a one-shoulder top and trousers were among the offerings’ most pared-down ensembles. Then came contrasting blush pink, for an altogether softer spirit. A sultry coated strapless bandeau highlighted the torso when paired with high-waist pants, while ruffles adorned a couple of other frocks in the shade: giving true meaning to the phrase “pretty in pink”.

Blush was followed by black and white stripes – another pattern that is taking serious roots in NYFW this season. Though classic and poignant on the catwalk, the variegated nature of the print might be tricky for real-time wear: things will appear larger than they seem when clad in these particular ensembles…something no sartorially-savvy woman desires. What did stand out among this capsule (besides the obvious) was a bikini: a lane the brand has already begun to cover starting with Resort 2014 and a natural adjacency to their body-baring designs.

The last scenes of the show belonged to the classic palette of black and white. The latter came first with an effortless crop top, pleated dress, grommet-studded number, and highly sophisticated long-sleeve peplum jacket and matching trousers. The final black looks pulled out all the stops with cage detailing, cutouts, and curve-clinging fits. Where most of the Cushnie et Ochs aesthetic is about simply drawing attention to a woman’s curves, these ensembles were brimming with all the bells and whistles: an indication that the twosome does have a knack for technical difficulty.

There’s a kind of fortitude in sticking to your niche and doing it well season after season. That’s exactly what Cushnie et Ochs did here, for a season where the layers begin to peel off revealing more and more skin as the temperatures rise. With that being said, it’s time the brand starts flexing its muscles – a bit of experimentation never hurt after all. Fashion is all about innovation and change and I think the pair has a lot more in them than just riffs on sultry. I’m looking forward to what they think of next.


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