Profile: Carly Cushnie

In a world that is fickle and fluid, Carly Cushnie has her feet planted firmly amongst fashion’s leading talents, defining a bold and sensual yet understated aesthetic for the modern woman.

Cushnie, born and raised in London, England, by Jamaican parents, began her fashion journey at Parsons School of Design in Paris, before finishing at the Parsons School in New York. She interned with such design houses as Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schuler and Donna Karan, and upon graduation, she joined company with other such Parsons School alums as Tom Ford, Donna Karan, and Marc Jacobs.

Crafting designs that are tailored for the fierce, confident and sophisticated woman, Cushnie and her design partner Michelle Ochs are in fact the poster children for their own design aesthetic. However their list of celeb fans is impressive, including Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde, Reese Witherspoon, and the First Lady of The United States Michelle Obama. In fact, the list goes on.

Most importantly, their talent has been recognized by the international fashion industry. Cushnie et Ochs was named a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist in 2011 (only four years out from Parsons School of Design where the two met, and three after they launched their line), as well as winners of the 2009 Ecco Domani Award, and nominees of the 2013 CFDA Swarovski Award. In 2012, Cushnie topped the list of Forbes Magazine’s  “30 Under 30 — Art & Style”. The annual list recognizes young talents who are leading in their fields, and also included the Olsen twins, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra.

In  between  the  galas  and  awards  ceremonies, Cushnie et Ochs produce four sexy-chic, edgy and bold collections each year (that also recently included a swimwear line), which are produced in New York and sold in more than 50 stores worldwide — from Lebanon to Moscow, and Hong Kong to Italy, as well as throughout the United States, and online. Their international popularity garnered their invitation to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days Zurich recently where they showed their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

With plans to diversify into bags, shoes and other accessories, the design duo are sure to continue on the rise for fashion stardom. In truth, it is their consistent delivery of flawless, inspirational designs that keeps the fashion world buzzing about them, and this is only set to grow.