Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
February 07, 2010 New York
Few designers in their second year of business can boast a presence on Net-a-Porter, not to mention placement in the top U.S. boutiques and an impressive international distribution. But such is the path of Kimberly Ovitz. The 26-year-old Los Angeles native's line successfully merges an edgy, urban look with a more laid-back, SoCal style. For Fall, the discovery of a pair of eighteenth-century yearbooks had her thinking about modernizing old-fashioned silhouettes, evident in a deconstructed herringbone suit and a pleated chiffon skirt cut thigh-high on one side and left ankle-grazing on the other. Ovitz also likes to pepper each collection with references to her equestrienne past. This season's riding shirt with asymmetric placket was a chic update on a classic, though an oversize cardigan trimmed in braided horsetail-like fringe might have some people refusing to jump. As for how this collection builds on her previous efforts, the designer was direct: "It's pretty much a souped-up version of everything I've been doing," she said. We doubt her growing list of retailers will complain.