Kimberly Ovitz may be best known outside the fashion world as the woman who designed Lindsay Lohan’s skintight court dress--but within the industry, Ovitz is making a name for herself in beautiful, intellectually-designed clothing.
If her Fall 2011 collection was inspired by Brazil, then this season’s show--full of billowy shapes and ethereal, floaty dresses--was all about Japan. “I was inspired by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, whom I discovered after the Japan disaster happened,” she told us backstage after the show. “I was interested in this idea of disaster vs. relief; nature vs. man.” This dynamic interplay is perfectly conceptualized in the work of Shigeru Ban, who was hired by the Japanese government to create temporary housing.
Ovitz was particularly inspired by Ban’s Curtain House--a work, which, if you haven’t guessed, features white flowing curtains in place of walls, and which certainly seemed to have informed the collection’s flowy, white dresses and pants.
Utilitarian hints, like a jacket with multiple buckles, or a knew detail on a pair of pants, further lent the collection an architectural heel, although it also immediately brought to mind Alexander Wang’s SS11 collection.
Either way, she’s certainly breaking away from the image mold of Lindsay Lohan’s infamous dress. Asked what she thought of the starlet wearing her dress, Ovtiz said, “Well, you know I love it when people buy my clothes.” As for deciding not to invite the famous fan to her show, the designer said with a sly smile, “I’m not in charge of the invites.” And while there will certainly be no upcoming collaboration between Ovitz and the one-time-Ungaro designer Lohan, Ovitz says there is an exciting new project in the works. “Right now I'm interested in collaborating with artists,” she said, but stayed mum on the specifics.
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