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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How I'm Making It: Jonathan Simkhai
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.