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New York Fashion Week 2012: Kimberly Ovitz

February 10, 2012 |  6:54 am
Kimberly Ovitz shows a dark and stormy collection at New York Fashion Week

Bright color is a huge trend for the coming spring-summer 2012 season, and it's been fun to watch the fashionistas at the runway shows in New York trying to incorporate sunny shades into their nearly all-black winter wardrobes.

J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons

Usually, they pick one colorful piece -- a pair of pants, for example, or a bright yellow purse, like the one J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons (at right) carried to a show Thursday. It stuck out like a neon sign against her fur capelet and black pencil skirt, and it looked great.

From the first few seconds of the soundtrack (Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang"), it was clear Kimberly Ovitz wouldn't be doing the happy-color thing. This was a dark and stormy affair inspired by Samurai warriors and African tribal costumes, and it was powerfully elegant, with the fringed yarn details on one short black dress, and the knotted, embroidery and fringe on another calling to mind flappers by way of "Mad Max."

This collection was a huge leap forward for Ovitz, with lots of incredible details, and a complete range of offerings. 

Other standouts: a moto jacket with a ribbed knit zip-off hem, a shaggy cowl neck sweater and slouchy black pants with an amazing-looking fringed leather apron worn over top. 

Kimberly Ovitz shows a dark and stormy collection at New York Fashion Week

The fringe, it turns out, was human hair. "Horse hair didn't move right," Ovitz said. "It's kind of gross, but I figured people weave it into their hair all the time when they get hair extensions."

True, true.

-- Booth Moore in New York


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Top and bottom photos: Kimberly Ovitz's fall-winter 2012 collection. Credit: Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images

Center photo: Jenna Lyons. Credit: Booth Moore