Jonathan Simkhai inspired by edgy architecture
Jonathan Simkhai takes inspiration from urban architecture when designing his edgy collections.
The American fashion designer recently unveiled his Spring/Summer 17 collection at New York Fashion Week, with models taking to the runway in sleek, floaty pieces such as a pale gold silk dress and a blue beaded top. While it may not seem obvious, Jonathan wanted his new clothes to reflect the intricate structures of famous sculptures in Los Angeles, the Watts Towers, which resemble upside down cones weaved in metal.
“I am always inspired by elements of urban architecture. The Spring/Summer 2017 Collection drew much of its inspiration from the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, California - a complex of steel structures decorated with a mosaic of found pieces such as glass, mirrors and pottery,” he told Elle Australia. “The pieces in this collection reflect that inspiration - embellished with applique and trims of rope, mirrors, pearls, and delicate laces.”
When discussing his eponymous brand’s ideal woman, Jonathan described her as “an urban-minded woman on-the-go” and he makes his garments comfortable and timeless to capture that essence. With every new line the designer evolves his creations, updating everything from craftsmanship to fabric innovation, winning over fans like actresses Elizabeth Banks and Blake Lively.
“I am always excited to see women wearing my designs - it is always a thrill for me,” he smiled. “As I’m sure you know, I love tonal looks, especially in colour palettes that are more subdued.”
Jonathan also let readers into his design process, revealing he prefers to dream up ideas when surrounded by people so he can feed off their energy.
“I surround myself with people I truly enjoy being around so that every day in the studio is a fun and rewarding experience,” he explained. “Each person brings something different to the table to make the environment at Jonathan Simkhai one that spurs creativity.”