Kimberly Ovitz Fall 2013 Fashion Week Show: Nature Goes Dark

Looks from the Kimberly Ovitz show during New York Fashion Week.
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From the models’ twisted, tightly woven hair to the graphic print dresses to the leather, sheer, and layered separates, the message comes across loud and clear: you don’t want to mess with the Kimberly Ovitz girl. “She’s a confident strong woman that believes less is more,” the designer told us before her show today at New York Fashion Week. “She can be edgy but also minimal.” In other words she’s tough AND and effortlessly cool, a quality which also spills over to her enviable wardrobe. “This season is all about natural defense mechanisms,” Kimberly explained of her Fall/Winter collections. “I looked to animals and insects and their innate protection systems; there’s lots of layers which are inspired by shells, a lot of vivid colors inspired by nature, and the result is very dangerous looking.”

Looks from the Kimberly Ovitz show during New York Fashion Week.
Photo: Getty Images

Poison dart frogs and anemones might not seem like your typical fashion muse…and they’re not. But with a graphic, zink, and ember-inspired color palette and structural statements such as fluttering hems and cowl necks, she proves that nature and fashion DON’T have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, it totally works. With a set list that included emerging rapper Mykki Blanco mashed up with jungle beats and eerie atmospheric tones, the music was equally as killer as her collection. Considering the fact that Kimberly’s dream muse is none other than Lara Croft, it’s the perfect soundtrack for fighting off predators (like the poison dart frog)…or just dressing up.

+ “Big Furry Head” – Amon Tobin
+ “Haze.Boogie.Life” – Mykki Blanco
+ “The Warning” – NIN- Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D
+ “Suspiria Remix” – RJD2
+ ” False Flag” – DJ Pinch/Moving Ninja
+ “Colouring of Pigeons” – The Knife

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