Cushnie et Ochs / Spring 2011 / New York Fashion Week

By the look of designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs’ latest
offering shown Thursday in New York, it could be presumed that the two
are big Bret Michaels fans. Yeah, you read it right – Bret Michaels.
As in Every Rose Has Its Thorn-Poison-Bret Michaels. Beginning their
show in the dusty industrial space that is Chelsea’s Eyebeam, Cushnie
et Ochs sent down a plethora of spring suiting, including short sets
and an impeccably crafted black leather paper-bag dress that opened
the show. The designers who’re known for their dark downtown
creations, experimented with lighter looks this season – but never
without a twist, they turned pretty into wicked. Airy ginghams looked
to be half-bitten with holes galore. Effervescent silks concocted into
clean silhouettes were offset by slick black leather lamp shade
pleats. Feminine florals came with frayed edges and beaded brocades
with shields of half-draped silk chiffons looked as though they were
still under construction. The shoes by Alejandro Ingelmo looked
downright devilish. Inspired by barbed wire, the heels, studded in
thorn-like spikes, were an instant crowd favorite. But, with every
rose comes it’s thorn; this time, it was the prints. While up close,
one could see daisies and discombobulated head busts, from afar they
looked too similar to two season’s old Miu Miu. The color palette; in
all of its camel, black, white, and lilac glory, lacked the umph
needed to set the duo apart from the Celine’s and Chloe’s. The 38-look
collection drew on interesting themes: death, decay, beauty, innocence
and demonstrated a cohesive thought-maneuvering. As their fourth
collection to date, Cushnie et Ochs isn’t going anywhere.

Check out my review on TheFashionSpot here.


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