Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Touched by the events in Japan last Spring, Kimberly Ovitz explored the concept of “disaster versus relief, and man versus nature” for her S/S 12 collection. The result was an assortment of silhouettes, from diaphanous to body-con, evoking a sense of post-apocalyptic beauty. Staying true to her inspiration, the designer employed only Italian and Japanese fabrics, including a knit made from Japanese paper. Billowy dresses, slouchy utility pants, unstructured jackets and ultra-fine knits, which made up the majority of the looks, featured draping and folding for an abstracted origami effect. An all-white palette was awakened by a range of oranges, from Dreamsicle to cantaloupe, and intensified with a molten red cast. In contrast to the overall airiness, Ovitz punctuated the collection with a dose of darkness in the form of several inky, all-black pieces and a print resembling a volcanic eruption. –Anna Jane Davis
Silhouette: Relaxed and slouchy / Billowy and languid / Asymmetric
Color: Pure White / Cantaloupe / Muted Butternut / Blood Orange / Black
Key Items: Refined yet relaxed utility pants / Diaphanous sack dress / Ultra-fine, slouchy sweater / Slim jersey dress / Unstructured jacket
Materials: Italian viscose / Cotton poplin and herringbone / Jersey, rib knit and ponte / Sheer poly / Japanese paper knit
Print + Pattern: Volcanic erruption print
Details + Trim: Thin cord / Cutouts / Seaming and piecing / High-low hems / Tiered panels / Hanging strap details / Wrapping, folding and draping
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