Cushnie et Ochs

New York: With so many white dresses, S/S 13 at Cushnie et Ochs looked perfect for an ultra chic modern wedding, provided the bride prefers body-conscious silhouettes and strategic cut outs. In fact, floral embroidery stitched on one simple piece was modeled on designer Michelle Ochs’ own wedding gown, while a sheer white underskirt layered beneath a leather mini recalled traditional veils. But following a brief foray into swimwear, a new category for the label, Cushnie et Ochs’ presentation returned to their signature slinky sheaths. Rendered in clean aqua, cobalt satin and ebony stretch jersey, updates to this tried-and-true formula included monochrome foiled lotus prints and sharp cap sleeves as well as a welcome touch of elegant draping. Sexy doesn’t always mean skin-tight, a lesson these young designers are quickly learning.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Body-conscious / Hourglass

Color: White / Black / Aqua / Cobalt

Key Items: Halter dresses / Bikinis / Stretch pencil skirts / Peplum tops / Off-the-shoulder sheaths / Sleeveless blouses

Materials: Silk chiffon / Sateen / Rayon jersey / Burnout velvet / Stretch leather

Print + Pattern: Lotus flowers

Details + Trim: Cutouts / Floral embroidery / Butterfly sleeves / Gathering and twisting / Slits / Scalloped edges / Peaked shoulders / Cap sleeves / Draping

Accessories + Footwear: Thin-strap sandals



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