The fashion industry has been Team Jonathan Simkhai since the beginning of the young -- and very charming -- designer's career, and now he's given us something to wear to prove it. Amidst a collection of sporty silhouettes, croc prints and sexy cutouts stood a 'SIMKHAI' emblazoned sweatshirt -- a guaranteed editor favorite and Instagram hit. "I wanted to add something a little fun into the collection, something that was very me," Simkhai said. The designer remained true to his downtown New York muse for this collection, but added in a good dose of sex appeal with bondage-inspired cutouts, body-con silhouettes and alluringly high slits. "I was inspired by a vintage croc men’s cigar case,” Simkhai told us. “It made me think of a powerful, intellectual man, and then I wondered, 'Why couldn’t it be a woman?' I think intellectual is the new sexy.” We had to take his word for it, especially coming from a man who looked so cool at his own presentation. “That's exactly what started my whole journey,” he said, “dressing women the way I dress myself!”
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Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2011: Slick Simplicity
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.