Cut-Out Trend Slices Through The Noise at 2013 CFDA Awards

Carlie Cushni, Michelle Ochs, CFDA Awards

Carly Cushnie, Michelle Ochs

If Karl Largerfeld can famously declare that he slimmed down to squeeze into Hedi Slimane’s sleek suits that Slimane was designing for Dior Homme at the time, then I am going to shamelessly rip a page from Karl’s playbook (circa 2000-ish) and declare that I will whip my abs into shape just so I can slink into one of the killer cut-out designs from Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, the friends and Parsons grads who launched their namesake Cushnie et Ochs label  in 2009 and have quickly become fashion darlings. (Michelle Obama is a big fan.)

Let me tell you right now that I am absolutely not above sartorial motivation when it comes to such things, so I don’t want to hear a single tsk tsk, especially after seeing all the head-turning dresses at the 2013 CFDA Awards last night — at which Cushnie et Ochs were nominated for a Swarovski Best Newcomer Womenswear Award.  I have had an awakening and since realized the following:

1. Midriff is the new cleavage.

2. The fashion story of the night was cut-out dresses. Period.

3. Even though I’ve been watching this trend come straight at me, and seen it prance down many a runway, I somehow thought I’d have enough time to prepare (cue dramatic music). But I was blindsided.  I have been in deep midriff and dorsal denial.

Linda Fargo CFDA Awards

Linda Fargo at the SWAROVSKI Official After Party of the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards

Monique Pean

Monique Pean












But not anymore. If Linda Fargo, Bergdorf Goodman’s over-50 Queen of Chic, can bare her outrageous obliques in a Michael Kors column dress that sent the style world abuzz today with praise for her toned physique, then bring on the crunches and planks!

Ashley Madekwe with Shane Baum

Ashley Madekwe with Shane Baum

(True story: I once worked with an editor — an older gentlemen– who would routinely drop to the newsroom floor and do push-ups while we editors looked at each other with mouths agape. I see the wisdom now.)

Leandra Medine at the 2013 cfda awards

Leandra Medine

Among the other midriff-baring souls at the CFDA awards last night were fine jewelry designer Monique Pean (another FTD Fave), actress Ashley Madekwe from ABC’s Revenge (also in Cushnie et Ochs) and uber-blogger Leandra Medine, as well as countless others.

I’ve got my marching orders now. Cushnie et Ochs: I’m coming for you…that is after I sign up at Tracy Anderson’s new Brentwood outpost first!

Photos courtesy of BFANYC, taken at the SWAROVSKI After Party of the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards and Leisure Society

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Author:Michelle Dalton Tyree

Fashion Trends Daily is the brainchild of Michelle Dalton Tyree. She is the former West Coast Retail Editor for Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Editor for The Japan Times, and founder of former L.A. luxury boutique Iconology. Michelle is frequently quoted about fashion retail trends in major media outlets such as NPR, KPCC, The Inside Source and the New York Times. She has developed content for many luxury brands and retailers and has written for Allure, Worth Global Style Network, Footwear News and other media outlets.