FLASH FASHION: Beautiful Darkness At Cushnie et Ochs

We love fashion, but we know not everybody has the time to scroll through every look in a runway show. Consider this your Cliff Notes to New York Fashion Week.

Leather seems to be the word on the street — er, runway — again at Cushnie et Ochs this season. Leather shorts, leather pants, leather blazers and even a winged leather dress grace the line’s spring/summer 2011 collection and reemphasize the designers’ propensities for edgy pieces and tough silhouettes.

Although the design duo, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, were aiming for a “slightly menacing” tone, according to Style.com’s review, they managed to incorporate the softer aesthetic and neutral color palette that is oh-so-popular right now. Edgy pleated minis were paired with almost-flesh-toned tanks, and floral print lilac dresses romanticized the otherwise minimalist collection. Nonetheless, from the dimly lit runway to the models floating by with uncoiffed hair and white eyeliner, Cushnie and Ochs achieved that element of eerie etherealness they seemed to be vying for.

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