The next Donna Karan
By Sophie Moura
Kimberly Ovitz, 27, fashion designer
Résumé: This fashion wunderkind parlayed prestigious internships at J.Crew and Karl Lagerfeld into the launch of her own equestrian-inspired, minimalist clothing line at 25. Success is in Kimberly Ovitz's blood her dad is Hollywood mogul Michael Ovitz and more than 100 retailers, from Neiman Marcus to Intermix, sell her stuff. Cameron Diaz is also a fan.
Background check: "I've wanted to be a designer since elementary school. My mentor, Emily Scott, the cofounder of J.Crew, got me an internship under their senior women's designer at 14. That's where I learned how to create a classic style."
Big break: "My Jacob dress, a long-sleeve mini with pleats, flew off racks in 2009: The first 350 sold out, so we made over 850 more. We put so much thought into fit. We wanted something body-conscious but not overtly sexy and consumers agreed."
Biggest challenge: "Being an Ovitz is a double-edged sword. My dad opened some doors, lending me money and making introductions, but that only takes me so far. I have to back it up with top-notch designs. People have preconceived notions, but once they see the clothes, their perspective changes."