Jonathan Simkhai Talks NYFW Spring 2014 Presentation Music, Collection Inspiration

Looks from Jonathan Simkhai’s spring/summer 2014 collection.
Photo: Courtesy Jonathan Simkhai

We don’t mean to pick favorites, but we love Jonathan Simkhai. The New York-based designer is relatively fresh to the New York Fashion Week scene (his first show was in 2010!), but he’s already won over buyers at Barneys, Shopbop and Bergdorf Goodman, just to name a few. His sporty-meets-edgy-meets-feminine pieces are a fresh take on super cool work wear (or, heck, any kind of wear!), and we’re obsessed with his graphically bold designs. His spring/summer 2014 collection features everything from breezy palazzo pants to sultry cut-out crop tops to super mod frocks, and we NEEDED to find out more about this visually-inspiring line. Luckily, we got a chance to catch up with Jonathan himself to tell us about his collection inspiration, live presentation music, and the type of girl he designs for. Check it out below!

MTV STYLE: Tell us the inspiration behind your Spring/Summer 2014 collection!

JONATHAN SIMKHAI: This season, I was inspired by the mods vs. rockers brawl at Brighton Beach in the ’60s. The spring woman is the product of a clash between mod and rocker with a sexy sporty twist. She is fearless, effortlessly cool and always classic.

How does it differ from your previous collections but still keep with your personal aesthetic?

This collection definitely still has the sporty vibe of previous collections but in a much more feminine, simplistic way. The look this season is much more clean and the silhouettes are a bit more grown up. I’m pushing my girl by introducing more elevated design details and shapes, but keeping the sport-inspired touches.

What was the presentation music for your show, and how did it reflect the mood of your designs?

The band Party Supplies performed at my presentation. I love their music, it is positive and upbeat and instantly puts you in a good mood. I wanted to do something different for the music this season that I was excited about.

What music did you listen to in the design studio?

Obviously, a lot of Party Supplies. But also, Daft Punk, Phoenix, Florence and the Machine.

How would you describe the girl you design for?

She isn’t afraid to take risks, likes to have a little bit of an edge and sex appeal, but she is always the coolest girl in the room.

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