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11 posts tagged "Michelle Ochs"

The Rose Bar Gets Saucy New Uniforms, Courtesy of Cushnie et Ochs

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Cushnie et OchsThis morning, WWD broke the news that Cushnie et Ochs’ Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs have designed a limited-edition dress for the staff at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar. “The dress we designed is the ultimate Little Black Dress—sexy, sleek, and demure,” Ochs told the trade of the frock, a second-skin sleeveless number with a cutout just below the bust. Sexy and sleek? Definitely. But we’d have to say that demure is perhaps not the right descriptor for this little number. Considering their sexed-up new threads, we’d say that the Rose Bar employees will be dressing for tips.

The Split-Second Preview: Cushnie et Ochs

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The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections kick off in New York today, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the 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 at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

Cushnie et Ochs

WHO: Cushnie et Ochs, designed by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Friday, February 7

WHAT: “For Fall ’14, we combine iridescent oil spills with Western romanticism and a city-slicking edge.” —Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs. The designers sent us a peek at one of their Fall ’14 skirts, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Cushnie et Ochs

The Split-Second Preview: Cushnie et Ochs

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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.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring '14 preview

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.

Photo: Courtesy of Cushnie et Ochs

Bust Out the Bra

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Bra top Resort looks from Versace, Jason Wu, and Emilio Pucci

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.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Baring It All for the CFDAs

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Michelle Ochs, Carly Cushnie, Michelle Harper, Erin Wasson, and Alexander Wang at the CFDA Awards

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.

Photos: BFAnyc.com (Michelle Ochs, Carly Cushnie, and Karlie Kloss; and Erin Wasson and Alexander Wang); Tommy Ton (Michelle Harper)