CUSHNIE COLLABORATES: Cushnie et Ochs has designed a series of five dresses to be sold exclusively at Forward by Elyse Walker’s Web site forwardbyelysewalker.com. Based on the brand’s best-selling styles — like a white, draped silk georgette dress; a white flared cocktail dress with side cutouts, and a black full-length halter dress with shoulder cutouts — the collection will also include one of the dresses that walked down Cushnie et Och’s spring runway Friday.

Elyse Walker contends that the brand is among the retailer’s best-selling brands, with the signature cutout dresses selling out in a matter of hours or a day after hitting the site. “We noticed instantly that dresses are our number-one ready-to-wear category — [and] it wasn’t just day dresses,” Walker said. “We’ve been able to go higher with price point — but when we got sexy, our customer reacted immediately. She’s buying architectural, bold pieces, [and] if anyone is working right on trend for us — it’s the Cushnie girls.”

This story first appeared in the September 6, 2014 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

For Cushnie et Ochs designers Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie, the capsule collection is a way to bring back best-selling silhouettes — with updated detailing or in different colorways.

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