RUNWAY REVIEW: WITCHES BREW AT CUSHNIE ET OCHS
With each season Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs continue to refine and redefine their woman. This collection ‘power’ was clearly a theme, one dress was named the ‘black power dress’, another the ‘forest green power dress’ and a blouse was made of ‘black hammered silk’. The Amazonian models were directed to walk with strong intent and the make-up (the MAC cosmetics team was led by Charlotte Tilbury) was strong and dark with plum as the lead base-tone.
On the body-con dresses the design duo used a print that was of a photograph of light coming through trees at night. Witches and the occult were influences, the girls told us after the show. Construction and graphic shapes, mostly triangles were sliced away to reveal skin.
Kangaroo calf-skin was used on razor sharp stiletto’s and on a high waisted skirt and vest two-piece. Matte black leather is a staple textile in the Cushnie & Ochs vocabulary which fits the streamlined silhouette that has held their attention since they began designing together in 2009.
The piéce de resistance of the show came with the penultimate dress which was made of black silk crepe and was structured to reveal a triangle of flesh that plunged to the waist, flared out across the hips and guided the eye to take in the elegant slink of the floor-length material as the model walked.