Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was certainly a woman before her time. The Mexican self-portrait painter was a dichotomy of strong, fiercely independent, and aggressive, but also soft, vulnerable, and tender. And this duality was the focal point of Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs’s Spring 2018 RTW collection.

The design house took a breather from their usual full-on sex appeal bodycon approach, and turned this season to lighter, looser looks with a bit of print. No folky arts and crafts table here, but the signature Cushnie et Ochs sleek minimalist approach – flowing and romantic here, artistic and bold there. Very Frida if Frida lived today?

A vibrant floral print breathed a lighthearted energy into a midi sheath dress with mango hued ribbon straps, similar hip hugging and shoulder baring silhouettes, and an off-the-shoulder crop top with some fantastic peasant sleeve action.

The LBD was paired with Cushnie et Ochs‘ new thigh high mesh open toe boots embellished with popping vibrant florals. Slinky slip dresses with ruffles, statement sleeves, and bare shoulders showed in bold blue, black, white, blush, and tangerine. Subtle tapered peplum pants move fluidly, grazing shins and ankles to balance low cut square necks.

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My personal favorites? Absolutely those tangerine dreams and of course the finale gowns. Would Frida like them? I’m not so sure.

The two finale pieces were pastel yellow gowns – the first an off-the-shoulder puff sleeve moment with a mile high side slight, and the second a ruched beige number with a stripe of yellow as well as a yellow belt holding the side cutout. Definitely for the strong, independent, but soft, feminine, Frida Kahlo types.

 

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