Jonathan Simkhai‘s girl changes her tune each season, while always managing to maintain the same sophisticated-hipster vibe. Last spring was all about Venice Beach, but this fall she’s gone to gritty London in the punk rock 80s. And we like it. “I looked at lifestyle and what makes people happy. There are all these things Read more →
Jonathan Simkhai’s love of fashion started long before he knew he wanted to be a designer. Between bonding with his mom in department stores and helping his girlfriends go shopping, Simkhai began to develop a discerning eye for style. The New York native worked in retail and buying throughout his college years at Parsons and FIT, and realized just how much he enjoyed dressing women and making them look and feel their best.
He chats with us about how he got started, that time Drew Barrymore wore one of his dresses, and his plans to design menswear.
The Clothes: Dream girl surfer babe. From leather tent dresses to wide leg floral trousers to mini-mini-skirts with white blouses, Johnathan Simkhai’s collection was basically the summer wardrobe we wish we had hanging in our closets right now. Nothing tried too hard or was too “fashion girl,” it was all perfectly cool and nonchalant, like Read more →
Given the architectural lines and graphic patterns present in up-and-comer Jonathan Simkhai’s fall offerings, it’s pretty fitting the New York designer chose to hold his presentation at the Zach Feuer Gallery in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district. Working with the same menswear-inspired aesthetic that’s earned him many fans among the fashion flock, Simkhai mixed double-breasted camel blazers with skinny cranberry-colored pants and leather tees with side-buckled flannel mini-kilts. While certain elements of his collection felt a bit familiar–how many iterations of the chunky V-neck sweater layered atop a buttoned-all-the-way-up oxford have we seen now?–there were also plenty that seemed fresh and new.