This season, Carly Cushnie references the work of British Photographer, Nick Knight, as well as Audrey Hepburn’s iconic role as Eliza Doolittle in the 1964 film, “My Fair Lady.”
In Nick Knight’s “Flora” series, he has taken a photograph and applied different techniques, such as heat and exposure, during the printing process, which left the image with an effect where the colors appear to magically bleed into one another - taking on a life of their own.
Knight’s work inspired the “Melting Floral” print in the collection, as well as the custom printed ombré velvet + georgette fabrications in dusk + midnight gradients - a nod to the collection’s contrasting color palette of vibrant Camellia, Lapis, and Clementine, against darker hues of Olive, Storm, Black and Mink. On the softer side, Audrey’s costumes in “My Fair Lady” informed the more delicate, feminine aspects of the Resort Collection - the light Peony and White color-ways, the tiered chantilly lace, chiffon ruffle detailing, and the intricate tailoring.
Textiles this season are broken down and transparent, playing with weight and texture - including a light textured satin, charmeuse burnout, and delicate Chantilly Lace, as well as soft knitwear, structured wools, and nappa leather. Further to this idea of deconstruction - details such as darts and stitching are exposed at the tops of pants and skirts.
The Cushnie et Ochs Resort 2019 Collection is grounded in clean lines, sharp tailoring and feminine sophistication- setting out to dress the Cushnie woman from day to night, Carly dives deeper into proportions, texture, and layering.