Established in 2008 by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, New York-based Cushnie et Ochs always speaks to those independent modern women, who are not afraid to show off their personality. Its distinctive and contemporary aesthetics often play with traditions, translating them to more wearable outfits. And that’s precisely the case of the Cushnie et Ochs pre-fall 2016 collection too, where the cuts, lines and even colors could be easily linked to India.
Specifically paying homage to the sari, the British/American born duo managed to combine their signature looks, such as cut-out fitted dresses with the richness in colors and designs of India, giving some strong ethnic vibes to the upcoming pre-fall season. If you think that one can’t do that much just with a piece of garment wrapped around the waist and with one end draped over the shoulder, think twice! Mixing this ancient Indian traditional garment with Western sewing techniques and minimal tailoring, Cushnie and Ochs spice up their pre-fall 2016 collection with something exclusively unique that managed to give the sari a distinctive urban-chic twist. The line-up radiates sensuality too, as most of the sari-inspired items gently hug the body enhancing the hourglass figure.
Waists, shoulders and cleavages are, of course, the focal point throughout the whole collection, as they get accentuated by belts, knots, sleek fabrics and bare skin. Fabrics play a huge role in the collection, subduing the outfits’ strong colors with see-through fabrics and lace embroideries. Aside from total black and total white looks, the Cushnie et Ochs pre-fall 2016 collection mainly features golden, brackish green, purple and brown garments, the colors of which not only recall those of saris, but also those of the Indian landscape. To make everything look even more ‘rustic’, yet always sophisticated and refined, the duo opted for silky, suede and velvety fabrics, which definitely give the collection a dreamlike turn.
To keep things interesting as much as possible, Cushnie and Ochs took another traditional Indian piece of clothing, the choli, using it to improve and play with their unique art of layering, pairing this traditional midriff-baring blouse with the many sari-inspired jackets. To top it all off, scarves and bell-bottom flowing pants alternate the many form-fitting pencil dresses, which interrupt the sari-theme with the short lengths.
Last but not least, the duo managed to recrate sari’s unmistakable asymmetry thanks to fancy structured evening tops, off-(one)-shoulder blouses, flared maxi jackets and of course cut-outs, that besides reminding us of Cushnie et Ochs’s signature look, also reflect the line-up’s luxurious style. Stiletto sandals and minimal pieces of jewelry complete the outfits, creating an intriguing contrast with the opaqueness of the fabrics.
Photos courtesy of Vogue