Carly Cushnie went back to her Jamaican roots for her first solo collection, Spring 2019.
The vibrant colors of Cushnie’s family’s native tropical islands, its lushness and sensual, joyful spirit served as this seasons inspiration. Emphasizing the brands overall goal to bring out the powerful, assertive femininity in all women, expressed through Cushnie’s sharp, minimal silhouettes.
Models of all shapes, sizes, and races wore their hair slicked back and had giant hoops dangling from their ears (Sade was Cushnie’s beauty muse this season). A strapless jade dress came decorated with woven, crystal-embellished mesh, mimicking a traditional market bag. The red and pink mixed print separates would look right in the middle of a dance hall, as would the palm-printed and beaded jumpsuit. Overall, Cushnie used her inspiration well, without being too literal, and if the suiting wasn’t exactly reminiscent of the Caribbean, it was appealing nonetheless.
Even if Cushnie injected a touch of exoticism in the collection via bold hues of yellow, pink and green, as well as with tropical prints that got a graphic makeover, the overall look was modern and urban. The dresses’ precise cuts flattered the female figure and when embellishments, including beaded fringes and precious embroideries popped up, they never looked exaggerated.
Cushnie was instantly calmed as she spoke lovingly about how her references this season came from her family and her Caribbean roots. The clothes, with their electric colors and touches of raffia and beading, were meant to evoke the spirit of reggae and island life.
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