Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Runway Review: Jonathan Simkhai

Jonathan Simkhai has been on my radar  ever since I first laid eyes on his collection at Milk Studios a couple seasons back. For Fall 2014, the designer was inspired by "old school" leather cigar boxes seen through a futuristic lens. The designer has a way of making the ordinary interesting.

Classic American menswear details and fabrics are combined with clean geometric lines to create a modern day warrior woman. She is ready for anything and most importantly dead sexy. There is something tribal about the results, a woman in need of nothing from anybody.
Luxurious fabrics like embossed croc leather, pinstripe suiting and Italian wools are combined together. Tobacco colored leather pairs with charcoal pinstripe, black and white and creates warmth against the modern lines. In addition to embossed croc leather, embossed ombre croc that looks futuristic.

Wrap around zippers, pencil or sarong skirt shapes with asymmetric hemlines and high slits, exposed upper midriff, cutaway necklines and rounded shoulders rule this runway. This collection also featured a surprising amount of under-boob which was for most part, surprisingly tasteful. Wide leg pants both pleated and cropped are a welcome addition to the long reining skinnies. On another note, looks like Simkhai is bringing back just of the 90s wit a covetable namesake sweatshirt with serious shoulder action and arm warmers.

While there is nothing revolutionary the finished result has me wondering how to get my hands on some Simkhai. I am sure the downtown New York girl would agree.

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