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The Spring ’14 collections kick off in New York on Wednesday, followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Cushnie et Ochs, designed by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Friday, September 6
WHAT: “We looked at straight jackets and strapping details as inspiration for the collection. Lots of belting, binding, and slices of skin.”— Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs. The designers sent us a detail shot of one of their Spring ’14 looks, above.
Bras outside the boudoir seem like a natural progression for a burgeoning season that oft abides by midriffs and swimwear. At Resort, designers are blurring the line between bedroom and warm-weather wares, giving tiny tops a bustier feel. Take, for instance, Jason Wu‘s balconette-meets-bandage bra (above, center), which he paired with matching botanical-print board shorts. “I’ve always loved these lingerie-esque looks, and I’ve always loved a little swimsuit for Resort,” offered Wu when asked about his belly-baring wares. “The lower-waisted proportion felt right, and there was almost like a surfer-ish attitude about it. And I think it’s a sexy place to bare,” he added. “You work very hard for it. So why not?”
Others, like Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, offered a seemingly more conservative approach to the crème de la crop top. The pair showed a red pencil-skirt-and-elongated-blazer combo which, upon further inspection, reveals an itty-bitty top with an iteration of Cushnie et Ochs’ signature cutouts. At Versace (above, left), Donatella turned out a spearmint gingham top-let coupled with a playfully patterned pant. Meanwhile, Hervé Léger‘s Max Azria and Calvin Klein‘s Francisco Costa served up a sportier approach to the bra-turned-top by incorporating full-frontal zippers. The same sense of ease was seen at A.L.C. and Emilio Pucci (above, right), where banded bras seemed more staple than statement maker.
There’s a trace of irony in the fact that at last night’s CFDA Awards—a ceremony honoring clothing and accessory design—the standout red-carpet wares were those that were barely there. Skin was in, in a very big way—namely via torso and dorsal cutouts (and in one precariously tall model’s case, a seriously plunging halter). Swarovski Award for Womenswear nominees Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs (of Cushnie et Ochs) led the bare-bodied pack, the former arriving in a vermillion gown with an abdominal diamond-shaped cutout, and the latter donning a dress with oblique accenting slashes across the front (naturally, both wore their own designs). “Michelle and I are big fans of the upper midriff, and always have been,” Cushnie told Style.com. “It tends to be an area that a lot of women can feel comfortable showing.” Their date, Karlie Kloss, left little to the imagination—her outfit careened from plexus to navel. All in all, the trio formed a sinewy vision of primary colors, smartly balancing peekaboo highlights with diving cuts.
And while the Cushnie et Ochs train didn’t stop there (Jenné Lombardo also appeared in a hip-bone-underscoring number from the pair’s Spring ’13 collection), a slew of ladies in other labels turned up with their dermises out. Linda Fargo gunned for a racy noir Michael Kors column cut with triangles across the bust and body. Erin Wasson wore a linear, sheer striped Spring ’13 Alexander Wang piece, and Jessica Hart carried a waist-flaunting Rachel Roy frock to fun and flirty effect. Michelle Harper simply chose to eschew midriff dressing entirely—the provocateur pulled off a vintage Yves Saint Laurent look comprising an ornate black skirt and what we can only describe as a glorified collar.
The CFDA Fashion Awards are set for June 3 (tune in the following morning to watch the exclusive broadcast here, on Style.com), and to introduce the designers nominated for the 2013 Swarovski Awards, the crystal house has created a trio of films. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been debuting the shorts. Today, we release the third and final film, which introduces the nominees for Swarovski’s Award for Womenswear. Get better acquainted with Creatures of the Wind‘s Shane Gabier and Chris Peters, Cushnie et Ochs‘ Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, and Suno‘s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, above.
Despite last night’s spontaneous blizzard, designers and fashion fixtures headed to Finale NYC to fête the launch of eBay and the CFDA’s 2013 You Can’t Fake Fashion tote collection. Marking the pair’s third collaborative effort to fight counterfeits and support authentic design, the new range features 90 one-of-a-kind canvas tote bags that have been customized by designers like Prabal Gurung (above, center), Pamela Love, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg (above, right), and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy (above, left). The designer-embellished bags are available for purchase via eBay auction through March 25 for a starting price of $100. The initiative is also offering a new standard tote for a “buy it now” price of $50. Proceeds will go toward combating fakes.
“As artists, we work so hard to create something, and then it gets knocked off,” said Rebecca Minkoff. “This is a great platform to ensure authenticity.” Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs concurs, and suggested that there’s security in knowing her and her design partner Michelle Ochs’ work is protected. “The CFDA has a voice that brings everyone together to preserve design integrity,” she said.
In addition to the likes of CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, Jeffrey Costello, Robert Tagliapietra, and Rebecca Taylor, Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais turned up to rally for the cause. And, according to Morais, they have a particularly special relationship with eBay. “We’re always using the site as a reference point. Right now it’s all about the 1920s and the hunt for the perfect embroidered dress.” We’re sensing a Jazz Age vibe for the team’s Spring ’14.