Cushnie et Ochs: From Africa To NYC

For designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, travel comes first and design comes second. Inspired by their recent travels to Morocco and Tanzania, the Cushnie et Ochs Pre-Fall Collection features a soft palette, subtle embellishments, and mixed textures adding interest to both the structured and fluid silhouettes we’ll be wearing around NYC this summer. Here, the designers share photos from their recent travels to Africa and a look behind the scenes from their New York City showroom. 

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“Traveling to Tanzania has always been on my bucket list, but the inspiration came naturally and I knew immediately that it would reflect in our next collection.” -Michelle Ochs

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“5 things I always pack: A slip dress, a bodysuit and a knit to pair with either denim or a pant, a swimsuit, and Cushnie et Ochs Activewear (even if it’s just for the airport.)” -Michelle Ochs

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“Pictures are a must. It is an easy and quick way to revisit all of the details you want to remember, while still being present in the moment.” -Michelle Ochs

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“On safari in Tanzania we were introduced to tribes that adorned themselves with the most beautiful beadwork they created by hand, this really inspired the graphic black and white beading in this collection.” -Michelle Ochs

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You can’t go to a place like Morocco and not be inspired.” -Carly Cushnie

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“In Morocco, I was inspired by everything from the sunsets, to the architecture, to the craftsmanship and the traditional clothing worn locally. Of course we couldn’t throw everything into one collection, but I came back brimming with ideas and just had to select the specific aspects that were most prominent as we began the design process.” -Carly Cushnie

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“I always take pictures first, followed by taking notes as ideas begin to surface. Michelle and I then decide on colors and fabric based on our inspiration and then we sketch from there.” -Carly Cushnie

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“I feel like this collection can really be worn through all seasons.  The multi-colored and graphic beading, as well as the sandy/dusty tones are great for the summer months and then the poppy red and plum color ways are great as you transition into fall.” -Carly Cushnie

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“Our beautiful campaign model Herieth exudes this nomadic, wandering elegance with such ease that really brought the collection to life. Her beauty truly stands out and it’s only fitting that she is actually from Tanzania as well!” -Michelle Ochs & Carly Cushnie

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Charmeuse Beaded-Collar Gown

$2,195.00

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Stretch-Crepe Sleeveless Top with Asymmetric Hem

$695.00

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Twist-Strap One-Shoulder Cocktail Dress

$1,495.00

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Cascading Cropped Poplin Top

$595.00

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Beaded Chiffon Cowl-Neck Slip Dress

$2,295.00

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Beaded Wrap-Front Crepe Jumpsuit

$1,995.00

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Ribbed Boat-Neck Top with Cutouts

$695.00

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Sleeveless Pleat-Front Cady Dress

$1,595.00

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Slit-Front Crepe High-Waist Pants

$995.00

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Stretch-Crepe Cowl-Neck Midi Dress

$1,595.00

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Ribbed Mock-Neck Thong Bodysuit with Cutouts

$725.00

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Beaded Halter-Neck Midi Dress

$2,195.00

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Beaded Chiffon Tank Top

$895.00

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Cutout Cady Halter Jumpsuit

$1,895.00

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Beaded Mesh Long-Sleeve Thong Bodysuit

$995.00

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Sleeveless Ribbed Bodysuit

$695.00

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Cady Collar Midi Dress

$1,395.00

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Stretch-Poplin Crop Top

$595.00

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Graduated Knit Pencil Skirt

$695.00

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Off-the-Shoulder Sheath Dress

$1,395.00

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