June 13, 2011 New York
Kimberly Ovitz recently upped and left L.A. for New York, and the designer's new stomping grounds energized her first Resort collection. While there was a detectable urban undercurrent here, deserts and seascapes were the inspiration for the lineup's neutral-as-usual color palette and materials. A "sand dune" photograph print came on an asymmetric, pleated shift in lightweight silk, for example, and a striped intarsia knit echoed sand strata on a body-con dress and pair of leggings. You won't, however, be able to find Ovitz's most offbeat beach reference in stores: The designer styled everything with a pair of old platform heels she'd covered in glue, then dipped in sand. Unfortunately, the model couldn't walk in the shoes because there was no foot fastening, so an assistant had to help her step into them to show each look. Aside from that, the collection had a characteristic ease (although a romper that looked like a sheet wrapped and pinned under the legs seemed a little too effortless) that was best demonstrated by signature, slubby knits updated for Resort in linen gauze.