Fave Look: Kimberly Ovitz

Making the Fall 2013 collections easy to digest. Scroll through all of our top getups here.

Kimberly Ovitz, from Style.com.

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If you’re looking to have a Britney-circa-“Sometimes” moment, Kimberly Ovitz has you covered (well, not your midriff, but you know). —erica

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Next Level: Black Velvet Dresses

There is something so classic about a black velvet party dress—supremely festive in an appealingly throwback way. Here are four worth scooping up before you’re so desperate for something to wear. —erica

LEVEL I: My very favorite thing from a fall Dusen Dusen collection filled with SO MANY good things.

LEVEL II: Everything about this Carven dress is so Isabella Rossellini. Get that.

LEVEL III: Kimberly Ovitz's take will make you wish you had stuck with the figure-skating lessons.

LEVEL IV: So prim…and somehow not at all. To Be Adored goes there.

There’s more “Next Level” just around the bend (or, you know, through this link).

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Fave Look: Kimberly Ovitz

Least overwhelming fashion week coverage ever: One look we love from the fall 2012 shows we care about. See more hits here, and click thisaway for the full collection.

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Four Ways We Rock Of a Kind Editions on Hot, Hot Days

In which we imitate second-rate personal-style bloggers.



We wear the editions we sell on the site. Pretty much daily. Here, four of our favorite hot-weather Of a Kind looks and their IRL scenarios, as styled by Claire and Erica and photographed awkwardly in front of passing crowds by Claire and Erica. —erica


What: Our Veda vest with a Theory tank, J Brand cut-offs that used to be pants, our Sophie Monet necklace, a wooden bangle purchased so many years ago that I can’t believe I haven’t lost it yet and definitely don’t remember where I found it, and Joie sandals picked up in Austin, Texas, at By George after United lost my luggage (lemons/lemonade, etc.).
Where: To poolside parties at SXSWi (the reason for the trip to Austin)—I may have gone for the tech, but I still dressed for the music portion. If I can’t do rocker-chic in Austin, then I’ll never do rocker-chic.


What: Our light-as-linen-cause-it-is Ace & Jig dress with DVF mules, a Levi’s denim vest, our Brvtvs bracelet, and an Alyssa Norton friendship bracelet gifted to me by a friend years before they were a trend (snap).
Where: To that same friend’s rooftop party where there was (predictably) more cheese and dip than anyone should eat—hence the lack of a waistline.


What: Our Society for Rational Dress tunic with a vintage Donna Karan belt from the nineties (handed down from my mother) and a pair of Steven black pumps.
Where: To a serious meeting in midtown (blazer for air-conditioned conference room not pictured). Erica and I had a couple of disastrous days last summer where we tried to do profesh in the heat and ended up looking…sweaty. I got a little giddy when I realized this super-thin piece could transition to business-wear.


What: Our Lizzie Fortunato Jewels necklace with a gold chain of my dad’s, YSL heels (one word: Craigslist), and a dress from Kimberly Ovitz, a designer whose work I had been eyeballing for seasons before finally pulling the trigger.
Where: To a schmance NYC wedding, accompanied by a boyfriend in a vintage Dior tux that he scored on eBay and spilled red wine on almost immediately.

It’s your lucky week: You can get 25% off every single Of a Kind edition with the code SUMMEROFAKIND—and work your own styling magic.

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The Insiders: Marouan Garconne and Matt Berkson on the “Brutal” Ins and Outs of Making Clothes in the City of Angels

 

Marouan and Matt run International Design Group, a company that handles basically every aspect of the clothing production process that you can think of for all sorts of schmancy brands like Kimberly Ovitz, Helmut Lang, and L’Agence, among others. Here, they explain why LA LA Land is their home base—and they wouldn’t have it any other way. —erica + claire

Q: There are so many factories in L.A. How do you go about finding the ones you want to work with?  

Matt: People have this idea of L.A. just being this happy little land where it’s just so easy to produce something. It’s still brutal. There’s a huge manufacturing world in L.A., and you have a lot of shitty factories. You’ll walk into these factories—they’re big, they look good—and everyone will just say, “Yes, I’ll do this.”   

Marouan: “Yes” is a huge word.

Matt: We ask all these questions. It takes us so long just to narrow down our factories. Marouan and I have no problem going straight into the line and looking at the garments they’re selling. At first you may feel weird, but you just walk in like you’re working—no one asks questions.

Q: How much time do you spend at the factories?   

Matt: I’d say 60 to 70% of the time we’re working, we’re in the factory. You go through hell with factory owners and managers, and you have these weird, kind of amazing relationships with them after a while.

Marouan: You need to have them on your side. Because everyone races to ship on time. Everyone tries to get stuff done faster. They’ll push our stuff aside to do their stuff.

Q: What were some of your early L.A. lines that you were really excited about?

Matt: It was cool to work with Bodkin out of the gate. Eviana is a really cool chick—very humble. [Ed: Check out our interview with Eviana here.] I think that opened us up to meeting a lot of people. I think the other one I was really excited about personally was Vena Cava.

Q: Would you guys ever leave L.A. or work with factories overseas?

Matt: I’m from L.A. I was born there, and Marouan—it’s like his hometown, even though he’s from Paris. There is some allegiance to just representing L.A.

Marouan: In L.A., you can pretty much do everything. Even shoes.

It’s L.A. month on Of a Kind! More on that here.

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Wardrobe purchase that can be validated by the pressure to dress up for Halloween #4

It feels mildly rebellious to buy white for the winter—like you’re doing something that would really piss off Betty Draper. And amen to that. —erica

Dress as: A ghost (which feels a little defiant too—the costume’s so classic that no one bothers with it)
Wear: Kimberly Ovitz Kingsley cotton-knit cardigan that reeks of cozy sophistication

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Kimberly Ovitz does black really well, but she does white even better.

(via Style.com)

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Alexander Wang better watch his back. Kimberly Ovitz keeps getting better and better.

(Fall 2010 collection via Style.com)

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