Jonathan Simkhai Fall/Winter 2013 Collection
MILK Studios, New York Fashion Week
Written by Nicole Wong
A native New Yorker, Jonathan Simkhai has always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer since he was 14. His dream came true after attending Parsons and FIT for fashion design. But his success was not without any hard work or determination. Starting out as an assistant, he eventually honed his skills to become a buyer at Havana Jeans, a clothing store in Scarsdale 8 years ago. Not only has he become a successful luxury womens apparel designer, he has also become a member of the CFDA incubator program for the next generation of fashion designers in New York City.
Since Jonathan Simkhai first launched his collection in 2010, his signature look of androgyny mixed with an eclectic style of avant-garde and casual chic has won the hearts of women around the world. In such a short time, Jonathan Simkhai has already dressed Twilight actress Kristin Stewart and Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz. He hopes to dress First Lady Michelle Obama one day, and even named one of his pieces after the First Lady. His latest New York Fall/Winter collection has once again a subtle masculinity that is softened with a feminine silhouette by introducing peplums and circle skirts in his designs. Dominating this season’s ready-to-wear colors are black, white and teal, but Simkhai loves to surprise with the occasional mustard and deep maroon. His eclectic offerings of separates such as great quilted bomber jackets, T-shirts, and soft, boxy pants has an early 80s vibe that is inspired by ska geometric patterns, graphical prints, and structural menswear. Just like Alexander McQueen, Jonathan Simkhai loves his women to look strong and independent without losing the feminine touch.
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