4 posts tagged "Jonathan Simkhai"
Head-to-toe white has a tendency to look a bit clinical—but not so when it comes to this season’s perforated leather wares. Punctuated, laser-cut leathers in icy hues were spotted all over the Spring ’13 runways. At Proenza Schouler, the technique gave off a sporty techno vibe, while Jonathan Simkhai’s laser-cut floral designs were simultaneously sharp and ladylike. Shop our punchy picks, from Alaïa, Thierry Mugler, and more, below.
1. Jonathan Simkhai shirt, $1,230, available at www.matchesfashion.com.
2. Incase iPad snap case, $24.95, available at goincase.com.
3. Proenza Schouler skirt, $1,959, available at www.mytheresa.com.
4. Thierry Mugler Vintage shoes, $426, available at www.farfetch.com.
5. Alaïa bag, $1,883, available at www.farfetch.com.
As we enter into a month of fashion shows, we’ve asked some of this season’s biggest stars and most anticipated new talents to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion-watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.
WHO: Jonathan Simkhai
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Saturday, February 9
WHAT: “Fall was inspired by early 80s ska bands. I love their carefree boyish attitude & how it contrasted against their tailored rock ‘n’ roll look.”—Jonathan Simkhai. The designer sent us a Fall ’13 sketch, above.
Two years after starting his namesake line, 27-year-old up-and-comer Jonathan Simkhai is hitting his stride. His Spring ’13 collection, which put a Venice Beach twist on urban essentials, earned attention from key buyers (he’s currently carried at Barneys, Louis Boston and Matches in London) and helped him grab the attention of the CFDA (in October, Simkhai was accepted into the Fashion Incubator program). At last week’s 12-12-12 concert, Kristen Stewart was snapped in a sporty neon green look from Simkhai’s pre-fall lineup. Just days before K. Stew wore his graphic button-up shirt and checkered track shorts, Simkhai was busy dressing models in those same pieces at the historic Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, where he shot his new pre-fall lookbook. “I loved the contrast of showing luxury pieces in an unpretentious setting with history,” Simkhai told Style.com on set. “My customer is equally at home in a dive bar or out at an event. She’s laid-back, fun, and has a rebellious streak.” Simkhai’s previous collection was inspired by surfer and skater culture, but the designer shifted to a punk-rock vibe for pre-fall, decorating his mood board with black-and-white pictures of bands like The Clash. Accordingly, chartreuse-colored jacquard separates were printed with a micro-checkerboard pattern reminiscent of classic Vans, while flirty leather skirts and flared dresses had feminine bits of organza peeking out from under the hemlines. Novelty sweatshirts and varsity jackets rounded out the offerings—they’re just the kind of nonchalant items a girl like Stewart would wear from her morning errands to an afternoon press conference.
Season in and season out, newcomers join the New York fashion week schedule, determined to make a name for themselves. Succeeding takes a great deal of talent, tenacity, business savvy, and a solid stroke of luck, but even Alexander Wang was just a Parsons dropout with a dream a few years back. Over the past several weeks, Style.com met with a slew of this year’s hopefuls to preview their forthcoming collections, and there are a few we’re particularly keen on. Brandon Sun did time at Oscar de la Renta and J. Mendel before setting out on his own just over a year ago. His luxe furs are already selling at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks, and his tweedy column dresses for Spring should connect with buyers, too. After skipping out on presentations for the past two seasons, Jonathan Simkhai is back on the circuit with a sporty lineup (pictured) full of board shorts and shifts. Other notables include Houghton’s Katharine Polk, who offers cool, printed silk separates à la Céline, and Tanya Taylor, whose second outing is inspired by the famed Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados circa 1961.
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