Jonathan Simkhai is a writer who lives in New York City. Pre-Fall 2022 is the target date. Designer Jonathan Simkhai stated last season that he thrives on juxta positions and dichotomies in his designs. During the pre-fall season, he continued to explore the concepts of harmonising natural components with refined and gentle designs.
“I’m in the mood for something earthy and natural that would ground me and give me a natural sensation. In Los Angeles, we’re surrounded by nature and the outdoors, but [here] we’re bringing the outdoors into the city and bringing the two worlds closer together. Bringing something soft — the yarns — and something hard — the stones — together is a unique technique. “I really like the juxtaposition,” he said during a tour of the showroom, referring to new knit designs that have stones and beaded metal knitted into the clothes. “It’s really interesting.”
An eclectic mix of soft feminine curves and handcrafted accents creates this aesthetic.
A noteworthy quote from the collection’s look book video: “We shot this at Cal Poly’s theatre department building,” he said of the video for the collection. The concept of fashion being combined with various kinds of art, whether via craft or different creativity – theatre, painting, or music — is something I enjoy doing. Take, for example, a combination of flax and linen materials with lace insets and tailored styling.
Highlights included: a variety of artisanal knits in a mix of muted, transitional neutrals with pops of coral, chartreuse, lavender, copper, honey, and merlot; a knubby cropped crochet polo in multiple colours; a new space dye separates collection; and relaxed, body-hugging knit dresses with stone-interlaced crochet straps and inserts. There was a sandwashed silk charmeuse off-the-shoulder dress with pintucks and ruching; plissé gowns (some with hardware) and dresses with abstract collage floral motifs; a pleated lace trenchcoat; and much more (or lace-inset blazer and reworked shirt with slight utilitarian feel) .
Jonathan Simkhai brought the hardware decorations from the clothing into footwear for his second collection in the category, which included sandals, boots, and mules.