Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Fall ’11. Cushnie et Ochs – Feathers and Leathers

February 15, 2011 • New York Fashion Week Fall '11, Yahoo

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Summary: Bold and aggressive, Cushnie et Ochs pushes the boundaries of bondage and sophistication. Many curve hugging silhouettes and subtle slices of exposed skin graced the runway bringing in the drama. A few pops of violet livened up a pretty dark selection, adding splashes of light to an otherwise dark collection.

Using a few Native American touches with leather fringe and a single black and white feather adorning the models' hair, the line focused on the intricate elastic boning that adorned the shoulders and chest, reminiscent of the human ribcage. Structured bustiers and touches of lace give the dresses a more feminine feel while keeping the hardrock edge to the leather and fringe. Trims of furs, feathers and exposed zippers also added a bit of fun to the collection but sometimes were used in unnecessary abundance to what could have been seen as an almost flawless Fall/Winter 2011 season.

Color Palette: black, putty, silver, violet, white, olive, burnt violet

Fabrics & Textures: stretch moire, lambskin, leather, wool gauze, fringe, goat hair, wool crepe, cotton, stretch wool, silk georgette, patent leather, wool felt, beading, viscose jersey, grosgrain boning, zibeline, silk lurex, foam mesh, hand-knitted cable, cashmere, viscose crepe, tencel, lace, fox fur, duchess satin, distressed cotton, feathers

Key Looks: Black stretch moire fishbone dress; White silk crepe dress with peaked bustier and faling drape; Black distressed cotton floor lenght coat with SAGA for fur, black distressed cotton strapless dress and black elastic halter neck bra

-Taneisha Jordan

Photos:NY Mag

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