2010 September 10
Runway Reviews: Jen Kao, Mandy Coon, Kimberly Ovitz
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(NEW YORK) JEN KAO
Desert princes searching for their zombie brides? It was certainly a high-concept show at Jen Kao, complete with a runway covered in sand art depictions of skeletons. Fortunately for Kao, her collection itself, all pale and bohemian and macrame’d, didn’t trip up on the references. Her signature webby knit dresses were less body-con than in seasons past, and handkerchief hems and plenty of gauzy layers kept the feeling relaxed and a bit undone for Spring. Kao has worked with buzzy jeweler Eddie Borgo in the past (Borgo’s boyfriend Keegan Singh still styles the collection), but this season Kao launched her own chunky silver jewelry, as well as an impressive silver waist corset that indicated that her future in jewelry might be just as successful as ready-to-wear.
Kimberly Ovitz stuck with her usual black and white palette for Spring 2011, but graphic lines and plenty of texture kept the collection from being one (er, two)-note. Tonal panels on streamlined, body-con dresses, skinny white pants that were seamed for a graphic touch, and plenty of her well-loved knits will give Ovitz’s fans of both coasts (the daughter of Hollywood mogul Mike Ovitz, Kimberly is based in Los Angeles) something to shop for. A tied-up trench coat in pale gray and button-up tunics with draped detailing rounded out a collection of perfectly slouchy tees and goth-toned pieces.