Today we are celebrating Cushnie et Ochs’ new fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection, debuted in the framework of New York Fashion Week. It’s strongly advisable for the faint-hearted and overly modest spirits not to go any further because what you are about to see might lead into a sleepless night… you will find a gown that won’t leave your mind alone.
Dangerous, daring, seductive, simply BAD in the best sense possible. The designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs unveiled their inspiration behind this art, “Toulouse Lautrec meets high wire tension with hints of the sideshow demimonde. Women who risk. Women who fly. Women of the circus.”
Are you prepared for the risk? Because all eyes will be on you tonight! A flavor from the 1920s, a traveling circus, playful ruffles on the shoulders, elbow-length gloves (as if you are about to leave a crime scene), stretch viscose cutouts (very deadly!) and some edginess… we are all lucky the venue didn’t explode from intensity.
In fact, there was a specific lady as the muse of the entire collection – the 1920s actress Louise Brooks. The designers let us peek into some details as well, “We imagined her going on this traveling circus tour.”
One of the most notable highlights was the leather gown with a dive-deep V-cut and fringe straps (what an idea!). It would be my first choice of steal if the end of the world started tomorrow. A form-fitting silhouette with perfect construction that accentuates curves and turns your thighs into a deadly weapon… not for the insecure ladies out there. Turn into Mystique (from X-men) and explore your powers; we are sure you have more of them than you can imagine.
Void of any vulgarity, some of the gowns require a good amount of cleavage for display, proving once more that the Cushnie et Ochs fall 2016 collection is for the confident crowd. Even if most of the sensitive areas are covered, the choice of fabric and fit will demonstrate the magical powers of your body, sparking interest with every movement.
Not being limited to eveningwear, there are also two-piece looks that can be taken apart and mixed in more casual combinations.
Hair and makeup were also very sharp; nothing like the short bobs of the Roaring Twenties. All styles included slick hair combed backwards, minimal makeup but piercing and perfect lips that contrasted with the overwhelmingly black-white-red colored gowns.
Other colors presented on the runway were navy and champagne. Besides the velvet and some lace, we couldn’t get our eyes off of the silk that embraces the bodies in an extremely hypnotic way.
As the show ended, we were served the best of the entire collection, bloody ruby-red gowns designed for a kill. The designers behind the collection deserve a long round of applause and a loud “Bravo,” they might have unleashed a brand new Force for every woman’s weaponry.
Photos courtesy of Vogue