Kimberly Ovitz‘s spring 2013 show at Hudson River Park’s Runway at Pier 57 yesterday afternoon was every bit about the clothes as it was the lack of shoes on the models. You see, the girls were barefoot and walked on a clay runway, as opposed to a traditional, über shiny one.
The 28-year-old designer was inspired by Kazakhstani performance artist Almagul Menlibayeva. The collection consisted of gauzy knits and fluid second-skin dresses with intricate layering and organic raw finishes. The palette was a neutral mix of whites, grays, and a pop of deep emerald, and the clothes were iterated in linen, jersey, and silk. The looks channeled a fierce warrior in the wild, and that meant no heels. Ovitz tells us that the footwear of choice, or lack thereof, was an extension of the theme. “We just came up with the idea that was fitting,” she explained. “I wanted to feel very nomadic, so that’s why the models are barefoot.”
Ladies sans vertiginous footwear isn’t a popular idea yet, as evidenced by the heels in the front row. But The Man Repeller‘s Leandra Medine fully supported models going barefoot, and even argued that sneakers like Supergas were going to replace stilettos one day. We certainly hope so, that’s totally one type of footwear we can get behind.
Medine is also trying to tell New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg that there needs to be clay sidewalks, not concrete. That would certainly make for less impact on our little feet during Fashion Week. Listen up, Bloomberg!
Check out some of our favorite looks from Ovitz’s spring collection below:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.