May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Heavily wrapped, layered and draped, Kimberly Ovitz’s latest is inspired by Almagul Menlibayeva, a Kazakhstani performance artist whose work the designer translated into a raw collection of lean dresses and flowing shibori silk separates. Although the looks were roughly deconstructed, Ovitz worked a halter and strap detail throughout her presentation, and sheath dresses as well as asymmetric gowns were quite literally hanging by a thread. Such sharply graphic lines extended into outerwear too, and square-shouldered jackets gave shape to more ephemeral macramé tanks and mesh t-shirts printed with ghostly abstract crystals. A soft departure from her often tough and gothic aesthetic, S/S 13 proved Ovitz can also find strength in the relaxed and feminine.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Long and lean / Slim / Asymmetric / Relaxed
Color: White / Nude / Dark emerald / Black / Silver / Bronze / Sand
Key Items: Halter dresses / Hooded jackets / Relaxed button-down shirts / Floor-length skirts / Asymmetric gowns / Soft trousers / Sharp jackets
Materials: Wet jersey / Georgette / Shibori silk / Chiffon / Macramé / Mesh / Linen
Print + Pattern: Abstract crystal print / Deconstructed stripes
Details + Trim: Draping / Raw hems / Hoods / Asymmetry / Straps / Zippers / Transparent panels / Twisted hems / Self belts
Accessories + Footwear: Brushed metal bicep cuffs / Banded chokers
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