Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs are selling sex (and it’s okay). With an incredibly focused Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Cushnie et Ochs have taken us to the height of Space Age Provocateur. After all, no-one said minimalism had to be asexual. The show’s entire tone was set as a stark white and breast-fabulous strapless peplum dress hit the runway – seriously, temperature set to 1000 degrees. The peplums, sectional body-con tailoring and leathers were dominant, with incredible 90s silhouettes running rampant on everything. A beautifully executed point of view for Spring/Summer. Fembots will be delighted. View Post
If Max and Lubov Azria had to make one thing for the rest of their lives, I would hope they’d opt for dresses. Even when they take a slight departure from glamour and head towards Sporty Town as they have for Spring/Summer 2012. The move from minimalism is finally here. As wearable as their designs were last season, the duo have done a great job pulling in the athletic chic; sheer panels, then hoodies, chiffon pleats, then drop-waists and low slung pockets. The balance was flirty and extremely contemporary with angled panels, spliced fabrics, and a casual feel that represented a loosening of the industry’s belts.
Transitioning from bra-like straps towards the end of the show, accessories such as wooden, bronze-embroidered platform print sandals and edgy envelope clutches seemed to resonate with the style sense of megafan (and front-row guest) Sophia Bush. There were definite hints of a tribal theme that I predict will be the major trend of Spring/Summer 2011. View Post
There was lots of straightforward subtlety on showcase at BCBG yesterday. Continuing their Spring/Summer trend, the Fall/Winter show was full of sensible, simple pieces over white turtlenecks. While I think it’s great to see Celine-like minimalism at a friendlier price point, Max and Lubov Azria should be worried that they are alienating their trend-happy, versatile customers. I’ve worked for Azria, and know that these type of pieces just don’t sell through their concessions. The five best pieces are below. View Post