Summary: This was my first time attending a Cushnie et Ochs show at Milk Studios and I was excited to see their signature sense of understated glamour in person. And true to form, their Fall 2013 collection was a study in the three C’s: clean lines, cut outs and careful tailoring, presented in a rich and moody palette. The beauty look, which we’ve already seen starting to trend on Fall 2013 runways, consisted of textured, slick black hair by Moroccanoil complimented with a deep burgundy lip and smoldering smoky eye from MAC. The resulting look complemented the stiff angles of the garments in a way that was at once vampy and ethereal.
The opening looks were Winter white (apt for the snow storm that was raging outside), and demonstrated an almost futuristic sense of volume in both full skirts and structured shoulders. The defined shoulders continued as a theme throughout the collection as cut outs spliced across knee length dresses, and eventually gowns. The one pattern was actually my favorite part of the collection — what can I say? I’m a sucker for a good print — and was shown belted in both a long-sleeve top and matching skirt for day and a maxi skirt for evening, paired with the most luxurious looking cropped fur jacket. Pants were sparse in the collection, though there was one notable pair of dove gray wide-legged trousers. Between that and the reoccurring turtlenecks, there was a decidedly retro feel to the separates, intermixed with the more modern and linear lines.
The final looks were true tokens of the ladies’ talent as black dresses and gowns that at first glance appeared to be simple, boasted intricate details like asymmetrical stitching, a gauzy bib, more signature cutouts and a structured front panel on the last gown that was staggeringly beautiful to see up close. Like many New York Fashion Week shows, the Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2013 collection was one I was grateful to finally be able to see in person.
Color Palette: ivory, jet black, hunter green, slate blue, dove gray, silver, woods print
Fabrics and Textures: wool, knit, silk, silk charmeuse, silk satin, velveteen, fox fur, calfskin, jersey, sateen, waxed knit
Key Looks: White structured bubble skirt, white blazer, dove gray waxed pencil skirt dress, woods print maxi skirt, black fox fur jacket, black kangaroo calfskin skirt, black cut out gown, black evening gown with structured front panel