Jonathan Simkhai is such a fashion fan that one wonders if he's sometimes a bit too inspired by what's going on around him. This Spring, however, that outside influence evaporated: It was all Simkhai, all the time, his brand of sexy athleticism evident in look after look.
The collection, presented tonight at Milk Studios, was inspired by the battle of Brighton Beach in England, where in 1964 gangs of mods and rockers rioted against one another. "I was imagining beach chairs strewn around, which is where the intersecting lines came from," said Simkhai. The result was stripes in all different widths, at all different angles, creating a new sort of patchwork on sheath dresses and sweatshirt-skirt sets. The designer's dueling palettes of red-white-navy-gray and peach-white-black-gray played well against each other, too. It was hard to pick sides.
Simkhai was also eager to age his girl up a bit. "I want her to dress up more but still have fun," he said. To accomplish that, he's pushing a longer skirt length for Spring. "I'm really feeling the long," he said. "It can be sexy paired with a crop top." Or cool, worn with a leather-detailed sweatshirt. Either way, Simkhai wins.