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Jonathan Simkhai's Fall Collection is a Textural Wonderland

Last season, the story at Jonathan Simkhai was written in lace, but for Fall/Winter ’16 he incorporated a variety of textures—from smooth silks and cozy knits to fox fur and lace applique. The designer sought to find the balance between strength and romance, a fitting theme for Valentine’s Day (even if you’re not celebrating). It was an effect he managed to achieve with sharp, structured silhouettes that were softened by the lush, rich fabrics.

He showed all monochromatic looks, transitioning from light cream hues to dark midnight tones and dusty pinks, to strong effect. Fringe details and delicate ruffles and peplums bounced down the runway, to the sounds of DJ Snake and Kelela. And while you may not find these looks dropping it low at the club, the Simkhai girl definitely knows how to get down, if those sultry cutouts and sheer panels are any indication. Though the designer is known for his dresses and skirts, it was Simkhai’s expertly cut pants that really caught my eye, particularly the burnout wool flares—I’d take those over a dress (or under one) any day. And those furs? You know Empire’s Cookie Lyon would rock them all. And so would we.

How are you feeling now that it’s over?

I want to say I’m having fun—I am having a glass of champagne—but I’m just so fried right now. It’s been a long couple of days!

Where did you start with this collection?

Just love and having a way to balance romance and strength and power. And visions of driving into the city, crossing the bridges and seeing the architecture and all of the buildings that are so beautiful. I wanted to find that perfect balance.

You definitely get that in the shapes and the different textures. And I loved the monochromatic looks.

I wanted to create columns of color. I chose softer fabrics and colors because the silhouettes were a bit straighter and harder. Just easing some of the tension between the hard and soft.

And how are you celebrating?

At Up & Down! I’m ready to have a good time.

Check out Kathryn’s epic GIF of the collection here

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