CUSHNIE ET OCHS - 2009
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs are the creative designers behind the critically-acclaimed label CUSHNIE ET OCHS. Michelle, winner of the 2007 "Designer of the Year" award at Parsons the New School for Design, partnered with fellow Parsons graduate and award nominee Carly to launch the brand in 2008. Together, the designers have cultivated a symbiotic bond developed during their design classes.
Carly Cushnie was raised in London and lived in Paris as a student. She brings an international sophistication that melds with the diversity and ambition of New York City. Canadian-born Michelle Ochs balances the aesthetic with precise discipline and order gained from a military school education. The pair shares a love of art, architecture, and the female form. Together the team benefits from the ever-shifting intellectual dualities of their collaboration.
The Cushnie et Ochs woman has a strong presence. She is confident, and finds beauty in the super-sleek, razor-sharp minimalist designs of the collection, which reveal and conceal the allure of the female form. The collection has a sense of energy and flawless execution that is complemented by a simple color palette and bold sensuality.