New York Fashion Week SS13: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hailee Steinfeld Go Racing With Rag & Bone; Cushnie et Ochs Travel to the Philippines
If there was any upside to the heat, it was that it made it that much easier to be enthusiastic about the desert-ready collection Marcus Wainwright and David Neville sent down the runway. Taking inspiration from the Paris-Dakar rally, the designers blended the toughness of the motocross racer (green cracked leather vests, lightweight ivory satin pants with green stripes up the legs, hot-pink Oakley sunglasses made exclusively for Rag & Bone) with elements of the Bedouin clan (headscarves, lightweight ponchos, macrame trim on shorts and skirts).
The final look of the show, worn by Karlie Kloss, was a hit: a lightweight coral ripstop poncho that covered the head, hugged the waist, and had deep pockets in front (for your canteen, naturally). At that moment, we would have given a lot of money to change out of our soggy clothes and into this practical summertime outfit. As one young lady so perfectly put it afterward: "I can't wait to take a shower!"
And speaking of cool looks for the heat, Cushnie et Ochs showed many, er, well-ventilated numbers at Milk Studios. From the front row, actress Kate Bosworth took in the parade of 30 formfitting pieces, which featured strategically-placed cut-outs on dresses and sheer embroidered tops. This season, Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie borrowed inspiration from the Philippine Islands--a nod to Ochs's heritage. And while most of the collection will not be well received by anyone who enjoys to eat (especially those white barely-there string bikinis--yikes!), there was at least one nice pair of white cotton slacks worn with a loose white blouse with slits up the sleeves that anyone would still look fantastic in after a third helping of lumpia.
Angela Ashman Cushnie et Ochs