Amongst a number of reactive gestures towards Alexander McQueen's death today, an in memorium note was inserted into the Cushnie et Ochs press release packs. With all respects paid, we got onto the subject at hand which was Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs' newfound love of textural contrasts which in a severe monchromatic palette, made it all the better to pick out the crinkled, wrinkled and puckered materials. Artist Tony Cragg then filled out the rest of the puzzle for the duo to create sensual body conscious shapes with subtle draping.
Dazed Digital: What was the starting point of the collection? Cushnie et Ochs: We wanted the palette to be a lot moodier this season, so there was a lot of black with a little bit of taupe and cream. We looked at a range of different things but the main thing we looked at was Tony Cragg and his sculptures really inspired the draped shapes and the curves on the back of the hat.
DD: Where did the textures come from as there seemed to be a lot of them going on? Cushnie et Ochs: That was the main focal point of the collection. We really wanted to focus on that and we didn't want to do any prints. How they played upon one another and how they feel against the skin and how they contrast, for instance matt against shiny.
DD: Was there anything you introduced this season that adds to your signature style? Cushnie et Ochs: The heavy embroidery definitely added something so that's something we definitely want to continue. We never really did accessories either and I think it really completed the looks.