"I always feel like I need to lose weight after I see this show," remarked a magazine editor at Cushnie et Ochs
. Fair enough. For their third season, design duo Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs' signature body-con look was served with more con than ever. There were sheer panels on razor-skinny pants and enough peekaboo on sharply constructed dresses to keep a toddler happy for hours. "We wanted the pieces to look poured onto the body," Cushnie explained a few days before the show. And they did, particularly those cut with amoebic curves that clung impossibly to the models. After their strong start, with plenty of critical praise and an Ecco Domani award, the pair is looking to move forward. Their newness was in more separates, mostly in coolly polished shorts paired with blouses, but the smart thinking in a black blazer that echoed a corset in its hem was a standout. Floaty cowl backs and a peach draped silk and jersey dress were intended to soften their strict reputation. But Cushnie and Ochs showed here that they're deserving darlings. Yes, a white knit gown that betrays every extra crumb has limited life beyond the runway, but their smart, wholly un-tarty sexy look makes it worth pushing away the bread basket and ringing up Tracy Anderson.