Kimberly Ovitz Fall 2013: Exoskeletons

Kimberly Ovitz has a knack for drawing inspiration from the most obscure and interesting places. For fall, she explored natural defense mechanisms.
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Kimberly Ovitz has a knack for drawing inspiration from the most obscure and interesting places. For fall, she explored natural defense mechanisms.
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Kimberly Ovitz has a knack for drawing inspiration from the most obscure and interesting places. For fall, she explored natural defense mechanisms.

"It started with exploring the human psyche and from there I explored animals and insects as well," the designer explained backstage. "I looked at a lot of exo-skeletons from beetles and knew I wanted to create armor type pieces." Luckily, she was able to take a harsh, abstract concept and channel it into a feminine and darkly romantic collection that still managed to send the don't mess with me message.

The show started with several strong separates coming down the runway. Slim suiting was cut in unexpected fabrications like a boldly printed purple velvet and a metallic coated canvas. Stiff, structured outerwear, which channeled the exoskeleton theme, was layered over softer fabrics like super thin organza.

There were also plenty of the designer's now-signature body-skimming dresses, which all featured some interesting detailing like asymmetry and draping. Some featured abstract prints and some were unexpectedly bold. The cobalt blue that appeared in two looks seemed a little out of place with the earthier hues, but Ovitz explained that the color was inspired by poison dart frogs who turn bright colors when they are most dangerous and defensive. Thankfully the dresses weren't as scary as those frogs sound.

I couldn't help but notice the super cool ear cuffs on all the models. Turns out they're all part of Ovitz's debut jewelry collection in collaboration with Shapeways, a 3D printing company. There were also minimal-yet-edgy rings, collars and bracelets that all jived well with the clothes and ethereal styling.

All-in-all the collection stayed true to the confident Ovitz woman. You definitely don't have to be into beetle skeletons or poisonous frogs to enjoy her strong and sexy pieces.

Photos: IMAXtree