KIMBERLY OVITZ | FALL / WINTER 2012
Undertaking her first design internship at just 14, it would seem that Kimberly Ovitz has always known what she would be when she grew up. It’s a good thing then that the Kimberly Ovitz label, launched in 2009, is doing so well.
Of course it helps that her father was once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood (that will certainly open a door or two). However, as the designer herself is aware, her name has only taken her so far. She owes the majority of her growing success to hard work and, most importantly, her superb skill at whipping up exquisite garments. Before embarking on the journey of having a label all of her own, Ovitz garnered her technical expertise studying at the prestigious Parsons School of design, and working under some of the greatest names in fashion, interning at the likes of J.Crew and Chanel.
Finding roots in her horse riding youth and modern art, Ovitz’s designs are infused with subtle equestrian themes and a particularly modern simplicity. Sheer fabrics, light cottons, soft silks and smooth knits are all worked into flowing silhouettes and abstract cuts. Each collection speaks a quiet elegance and cool confidence. Dark undertones can always be found contrasting the more airy qualities of her designs, but her Fall / Winter 2012 collection saw her move into even blacker realms. Taking her starting point from the samurai warrior, Ovitz’s trademark silhouettes were decked out in an entirely dark palette, with just a glimpse of light here and there. Although some were fierce, they still managed to reach those beautifully ethereal heights.
Last season, Ovitz also launched a capsule collection, O BY KIMBERLY OVITZ, alongside her main collection. An ‘eco-friendly compilation of women’s separates’, it comes with a smaller price tag and each season will be updated and revived.
- Laura Pebbles