Cocktail Hour with Cushnie et Ochs

Apr 18, 2017

With event season officially upon us, it's time to start planning what you're going to wear to all those parties that keep popping up on your calendar. Enter: Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs. The duo behind the subtly sexy label Cushnie et Ochs has mastered modern after–5 p.m. style thanks to their body–skimming silhouettes featuring unexpected cutouts, sculptural silhouettes and colors that pop. In other words, they're designing the dresses, jumpsuits, bodysuits and more that you definitely want to be wearing at your next black–tie–optional soirée.
In honor of our Best Dressed Guest campaign, we caught up with Carly and Michelle 39 floors above Manhattan's 7th Avenue at The Skylark, where the duo showed off some of their favorite pieces from Cushnie et Ochs's current collection and chatted about their own personal cocktail–hour style. Over the course of a few hours, we learned that not only are Carly and Michelle just as chic as the clothes they design, but they're also a lot of fun to hang out with. Keep reading to see why.

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Describe your style in three words.
Michelle: Bold, minimal, sultry.
Carly: Laid-back glam.

What's your typical uniform for a cocktail party?
Michelle: I'm really into anything that's an alternative to a dress—great separates, a knit crop–top with high–waisted pants or a jumpsuit.
Carly: A black jumpsuit.

Who are your style icons?
Michelle: Carolyn Bessette.
Carly: Jade Jagger.

What's your no–fail rule when it comes to dressing for a cocktail dress code?
Michelle: As long as you're comfortable, go for it.
Carly: Wear black with statement jewelry.

Any go–to spots in the city for cocktails?
Michelle: Raoul's for a dirty martini.
Carly: Et al.

If you could have drinks with anyone in history, who would it be?
Michelle: Zaha Hadid.
Carly: Prince.

What's your current favorite piece in the collection?
Michelle: Our black lurex knitted jumpsuit.
Carly: The black–and–white color–blocked jumpsuit.

Who is the Cushnie et Ochs girl?
Carly and Michelle: Our girl is strong—she's unapologetically confident and sophisticated. She embraces her femininity and is an independent thinker.

Photo credit: Ashley Jahncke