January 10, 2014 New York
That pale blue was really the only color Simkhai worked with: Everything else was black, white, and cream. "I wanted a refresh," he said of the clean palette. In terms of silhouette and fabric, there was a lot of what he's done before: below-the-knee pencil skirts, fitted bra tops, and maybe, most important, sporty netting, which is becoming an important signature. Designers often look to tennis, surfing, and skating for inspiration, but there's something very "basketball" about Simkhai's athletic pieces, which is fun and different.
Standouts included a netted black skirt paired with a matching tee. "It's sexy, but not vulgar," he said. But the sexiest moment might have been the designer's black-and-white ribbed knit skirt and top, which molds the wearer's figure into an hourglass. Really, a Kanye West-styled Kim Kardashian would look great in this stuff. And Simkhai should take that as a major compliment.