By Alison McLaughlin

Mara Hoffman

More military clad mannequins at Mara Hoffman’s presentation at Chelsea’s Pier 59. This time, rather than upscale gear inspired by the troops Hoffman’s spring/summer collection seems a suitable wardrobe for the style struck dictator’s wife. The palm fringed set provided a tropical tableau while tequila mojitos flowed freely giving the room a distinct “Holiday in Cambodia” flavor.

The collection delivered delicious batik prints feminine light to authoritative khaki uniforms. If the Mrs. Idi Amin’s were permitted a shopping allowance, Mara Hoffman would be an obvious favorite if the cost of outfitting six wives wasn’t cause for revolution.

Mara Hoffman is a New York City based designer who launched her label in 2000. A graduate of Parsons and London’s Central St. Martins, she pulls ideas for her designs from her travels, the environment and from fantasy.

Cushnie et Ochs

Naughty meets nice with Cushnie et Ochs collection and the two came together to create a wickedly angelic affair. In deepest Chelsea sweet-faced models showcased leather, lace and skin, lots of skin.

Classic shapes are re-imagined with flirtation in mind with a sheer wild flower print displayed against rich black leather — offered in geometric pants and good girl skirts that reveal sheer paneling; for the bad girl with a heart of gold. The little black dress is well represented in the Spring/Summer line, with romantic Grecian inspired draping and suggestive slashes and, of course, more sheer panel teasing. Also available are discrete dresses in white, marigold and floral – for the more pure of heart.

Designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs are a New York City based design duo whose work is available at Barney’s.

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