The Collections: Cushnie et Ochs FW11

16 May

For those of us who have always had a little bit of goth and punk in us, Cushnie et Ochs is a label that allows us to hold on to our hearts of darkness and still look chic. Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs were inspired by a westbound cross-country road trip for their fall collection, and starting with the single feather peeking out from a sleek chignon, there is a tangible Native American vibe running throughout the entire collection. There are several dresses that feature boning and slashes that recall American Indian body ornamentation and jewelry as well as many pieces that are accented with goat hair intended to look like fringe. The “fringe” is successful on some looks, not so much on others, but the boning represents a more forward-thinking take on the Native American aesthetic, that has until now, relied too heavily on literal references in the hands of many other designers. In what has become a standard refrain, we wish there had been more than one black model in the show, but that was the case with many of the shows during the fall season. The Cushine et Ochs body-con leanings are still present in the form of slim pants, shrunken leather jackets and skirts but now, with cutouts and draping exposing collarbones and the neck, there is a softer version introduced, tempering the edgy sexiness just a bit.


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