Jonathan Simkhai Mixes Old and New, Collaborates With Manolo Blahnik

Feminine strength was the backbone of Jonathan Simkhai’s fall ’17 collection at New York Fashion Week today.

The designer — who took his bow wearing a “Feminist AF” T-shirt — celebrated women as powerful forces this season, taking cues from aristocratic fashion and regal embellishments, then remixing them in a more modern way.

Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2017 ready to wear manolo blahnik
Jonathan Simkhai’s New York Fashion Week fall 2017 presentation.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.
Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2017 ready to wear manolo blahnik
Jonathan Simkhai’s New York Fashion Week fall 2017 presentation.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

It was all about combining old with new.

Simkhai looked to details like corsetry, for instance, but did it as lacing-up along the front of jeans. There were velvets and chiffon shown against more of-the-now materials, like Japanese denim and Simkhai’s custom lacework. Though he offered interesting idea, such as a corseted denim tube top, some of the looks, such as the voluminous fur coats, felt a bit cheesy and not at all in line with his target customer. However, the sparkly gowns that closed the show are sure to be a hit with Simkhai’s young Hollywood clientele.

Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2017 ready to wear manolo blahnik
Jonathan Simkhai’s New York Fashion Week fall 2017 presentation.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.
Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2017 ready to wear manolo blahnik
Jonathan Simkhai’s New York Fashion Week fall 2017 presentation.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

As for the shoes, the designer collaborated with shoe maestro Manolo Blahnik this season. The streamlined styles lent a dash of sophistication to the collection. Together, the duo showed simple suede pumps — some embellished or laced up the front — as well as more elaborate boots, cut below or above the knee. They were done in buttery leathers or in the same velvets seen in ready-to-wear.

Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2017 ready to wear manolo blahnik
Jonathan Simkhai on the runway at his New York Fashion Week fall 2017 presentation.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

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