Frida Kahlo has gained traction as a pop culture icon within the last decade, largely due to the third wave feminism movement. We've watched Lisa Simpson fawn over a rendition of one of the Mexican artists many self-portraits, but in truth her inclusion within the realm of popular culture has always felt very divisive. She herself hated capitalism, and yet we've seen her image used to sell everything from kitsch candles to socks. It was no easy task to reference someone known for their inner-strength, fiery nature and woman who like all of us was a bundle of contradictions. While she was fiercely independent, there was a sensual side to Frida Kahlo. Duality; bringing balance to the strength and softness which has become synonymous with the painter became a focal point for Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs and their Spring 2018 collection.
If you're not familiar with Cushnie et Ochs the label has been a mainstay on the New York Fashion Week schedule since 2009, and become synonymous with structured body-con dresses and occasional cutout. However, this season they've proved they're that and so much more, with bright floral prints and ruffle accents creating air silhouettes. Like Frida, there was a balance of oppositions on the runway, with a corseted little black dress countered with a colourful slip dress that left very little to the imagination. Yes, if you're more a Samantha than a Carrie you'll find favor with Cushnie et Ochs. Hoop earrings not included.