India, specifically the traditional sari, was at the core of Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs’ sensual, languid pre-fall lineup. “It was really about this carefree feeling,” Cushnie said. “Not being over the top [in terms of embellishment] — which is what you might think with India — but more refined and stripped-down.”
Known for their unapologetically bodycon styles, Cushnie and Ochs embraced a noticeably more subdued, elegant direction. An Indian sunset informed the collection’s natural palette of brown, mustard, violet and navy. Aside from a pair of dresses featuring black-and-white cable knit embroidery — the only patterned looks in the lineup — the cocktail and eveningwear exuded more restraint this season. One-shoulder gowns and blouses in fluid double-faced silk charmeuse, viscose, satin and burnout velvet, featured knotted cut-outs and wrap details at the waist, hugging the body in a subtly sexy way. The designers also continued to amp up daywear, developing transitional knits, structured evening tops and relaxed suiting. Camel suede jackets and flared trousers reflected the lineup’s understated luxury.