Cushnie et Ochs
February 10, 2010 New York
Dresses, a label mainstay, evolved from the extreme body-con look of seasons past. Most were still fitted and sleek, but it was a subtler brand of sexiness. A standout crisscross draped number that was the color of chocolate ice cream had best-seller appeal. Still, last season Cushnie and Ochs started to branch out from being so fixated on frocks, and that came to fruition here. Their outerwear and separate pieces for both day and night were among the most exciting offerings. That's not to say this was a perfect collection. In fact, it suffered from a few clunky moments. The sparkly, padded suit would be flattering on no one. And an ivory dress with snaking sculptural ruffles just seemed immature next to the far chicer ensemble of a crinkle-textured crewneck tucked into a sideswept draped skirt. The latter direction is the way this label should keep going as it maintains its rapid clip.