Cushnie Et Ochs channels its inner 'uptown gangster'



Never underestimate the power of details.

NYFW is proof that subtle attention to fabrics, hardware, and even cuts plays a crucial role into the development and story of a line. Cushnie Et Ochs is a testament to this. The brand's latest collection, showcased at Milk Studios during NYFW Day 2, artfully balanced the line between sexy, sleek, and bit of urban grunge.

Makeup involved a colorful, smoky eye and bold brow, and was finished off with a swipe of berry lipstick. The dark colors were offset by the lines predominantly pastel fabrics, which ushered in the spring look with shine and silk. Intricate lace detailing and inverted zippering also came into play.

But the real highlight? The designer duo perfectly executed the cut out dress. The style is no longer solely an addition to body-cons. Instead, Cushnie Et Ochs balanced plunging necklines and deep geometrical cuts with draped silhouettes for a look that screams beach-side parties and spring fêtes.

If your warmer wardrobe repertoire is more monochromatic, the line's dual dark line will be calling your name.

Channeling more of an urban edge, the second set of looks focused in on tighter fits like skintight LBDs trimmed with pleats and two-piece bikinis. Topped with 90s-inspired bandanas, it was an interesting point of comparison to the lighter line.

The AOL team got the exclusive chance to meet the women of the hour Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, who participated in an intimate Q&A backstage in the American Express VIP Lounge. There, the designers discussed how their collection came to life. The contrasts of the line, like black hues compared to soft pastels or goth versus a garden party, formed an inspiring narrative of 90's downtown grunge meeting an uptown lady.

The result according to the pair: "uptown gangster".

For just the second day of Fashion Week, Cushnie Et Ochs did what can only be described as setting the fashion standard ridiculously high.

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