Cushnie et Ochs went West for fall/winter 2014—the wild, wild West. The show opened with supermodel Karolina Kurkova sauntering down the catwalk in a lacy getup (one of the designing duo’s favorite looks) unexpectedly paired with a cowboy hat. “It was a city girl’s—err, our—idea of going to Texas,” Michelle Ochs tells exclusively.

At first glance, the overall effect of the collection is unquestionably dramatic, but a closer look reveals a more romantic, fantastical side of the brand, with lush velvets, elegant lace detailing, and rich hues. “We were feeling softer, a little more romantic, but there’s still a bold attitude with statement pieces,” Carly Cushnie affirms. “We’re trying different things now with a lot of elements, like knits, fur, coats.”

Famous for sleek cut-out dresses, the lush (and more covered-up) line-up may seem out of left field, but Cushnie reassures that the Cushnie et Ochs DNA remains intact. “You’ve got to see us do more than just dresses—we do do more than just dresses,” she says. “People are just not used to it on the runway…but our girl is still there: She’s still strong and sexy. This is an evolution for us.” The change is evident in the ladylike lace pencils and velvet jumpsuits, but don’t worry, the brand’s signature cut-outs are still there. For a closer look at past dresses, view Cushnie et Ochs designs on the red carpet.

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