NY Fashion Week Trend Dispatch: Laser-Cut Precision on the Runways

Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2013

Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2013

Precise cut outs showing slivers of skin have been a trademark for Michelle Ochs and Carlie Cushnie, the designing duo behind new darling Cushnie et Ochs. The technique, which has allowed to them to create dresses that carve women’s bodies and bring attention to unexpected erogenous zones has garnered them a celeb following that includes Eva Longoria, Chanel Iman and Olivia Wilde, and retailers such as Elizabeth Charles can’t keep the girls’ dresses in stock.

This season, the pair stayed true to their brand’s DNA, but with so many other labels following suit, their strategic slashes were even more showstopping. The brand showed their first foray into swimwear, which as expected, was undeniably sexy. Second, the stark palette of black and white (with a burst of mint green) let the slinky cocktail dresses really show off the peeks of skin shown through the slits.

Alexander Wang Spring 2013

Alexander Wang Spring 2013

Alexander Wang always seems to have has his thumb on the pulse of what’s to come and delivers it to the fashion-frenzied crowds at his show with the air of a circus ringmaster. With cutouts a far cry from his usual sporty-chic aesthetic, he infused the trend into a handful of dresses that looked like they were floating on the models’ bodies. (It was actually a clever use of monofilament threads). Peeks of skin snaked down model’s hips and backs, making the eye travel up and around their curves of their waists and collars. It was a sexed-up version of a video game goddess, especially when we learned that the dresses were imbued with a luminescence that only showed when the lights were flipped off.

Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2013

Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2013

Diane von Furstenberg also played with peek-a-boo swaths of skin in addition to using laser cuts to reveal a contrast fabric. It’s may be tough to sell a dress that reveals too much skin, but DvF used laser-cut holes to let bright bursts of color show through basic black. Coupled with polka dots and pattern play in other pieces that mirrored the cutout effect in others, it was a cheeky trompe l’oeil mashup that made editors squint to see what other tricks Diane had up her sleeves.

Victoria Beckham Spring 2013

Victoria Beckham Spring 2013

Now that Victoria Beckham is a seasoned vet of the NYFW calendar, she’s loosened up. While she isn’t completely turning her look on its ear, she has eased up her on usual tailoring in favor of more casual dress silhouettes and fresh, new fabrications, such as on the ones she used on the illusion insets which were employed to carve the shoulders and sides of her dresses. Not only did she use the point d’esprit and lace on her dresses, she lighted up her usually severe handbag line with a similar treatment (an homage to Alaia, perhaps?) with laser cuts and latticework. We’ll have to see what this means for Victoria’s secondary line, Victoria Victoria Beckham, where the designer lets her playful side come out of hiding.

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