Who: Carly Cushnie, Michelle Ochs
What: Super-sexy party dresses and provocative spins on the consummate hot housewife; strong silhouettes and intricate details like peplum, low-cut necklines, and strategic cutouts; minimalist black and white color palettes with pops of pink and canary yellow; subversive, Valley of the Dolls-style chic.
Why: Parsons grads Carly and Michelle were pretty much destined for success: they were awarded with CFDA scholarships and their senior collections were featured in a cover story for WWD — not bad for two aspiring designers with big dreams. Just a short time later, the dynamic duo are taking over runways, outfitting celebrities (really, though — who can go from dressing Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon one day to Michelle, Malia, and Sasha Obama the next?), and snapping up industry honors left and right. Like the stars, we've fallen hard for the pair's brand of provocative, intricately draped dresses and fitted blazers, and we're mesmerized by their plays on shape and form. Their designs blend ladylike refinement and sex-kitten chic with an empowering effortlessness that make us want to get dressed up and dance all night. If you're feeling frisky, we definitely suggest seeing what this much-buzzed-about line is all about.