Season after season, Jonathan Simkhai manages to find fresh ways to evolve his signature sexy athletica. For spring, he took inspiration from the 1964 riots between gangs of mods and rockers in Brighton Beach, England. There were clashing stripes, contrasting hemlines, and a mix of bolder colors like red and navy with softer grey and peach. And it all came together harmoniously.
There were, of course, the token Simkhai foundations: Leather shorts, punched up sweatshirts and tees, and sporty jackets. Among newer elements, most notable was the introduction of a longer hemline-—a nice progression for his downtown girl. “I wanted to push women to wear longer skirts who wouldn’t normally wear them,” the designer told us. “I wanted to make it appealing for them.” He totally succeeded—-flashes of midriff kept the slim, longer skirts youthful and unfussy.
The collection was definitely heavy on evening looks, and the models even wore sexy stilettos. And while a skirt paired with a leather tee or a trouser with a bustier are both strong pairings for after sundown, each piece stands on its own. Meaning everything can be pared down or amped up, edgy or polished—-you have the freedom to be whatever girl you want in a Simkhai design.