Jonathan Simkhai Just Rolled Out a Collection For the Girl Who's Feminist AF
Since becoming a member of the CFDA in 2014 and then going on to win the Vogue Fashion Fund award the following year, Jonathan Simkhai has come a long way. You might say he started out as the designer who offered the perfect wedding guest dress — striking, different than all the rest, and recognizable thanks to custom lace (this season stitched to resemble cathedrals). But Jonathan Simkhai's Fall 2017 collection offers a girl her full wardrobe, from the casual "Feminist AF" tees Simkhai distributed to the front row to the glamorous gowns that closed his show.
Simkhai is not just making a statement with those giveaways. He's selling them on his website and donating all proceeds to Planned Parenthood. (Plus an extra contribution: five dollars for every seat filled at his presentation). It's no wonder then that his new line aims to put a woman's strength on display. He knows our voices are loud, now he's just giving us something to wear so that we're noticed before we even say a word.
This season, the clothes benefit from more structure and more edge. But Simkhai's girl — walking down the street in her embellished suit set — doesn't look like she's sporting armor. She's just firm in her strut, the front slits in her trousers making it easier for her to extend her legs. Victorian-inspired blouses with high necks speak to the fact that she's conscious of her past, while bejeweled denim, metallic grommets, and luxurious velvet demand attention in the here and now.
A jewel-tone magenta is a new shade for the brand, and it matched the models' lips perfectly. Fur stoles swung off the shoulders and one oversize coat was paired with leather thigh-highs and nothing else, confirming it's time we make our own dress code. And while Jonathan Simkhai offers up the swingy silhouette he's famous for (bell sleeves and a fluted skirt), the crystallized numbers that made up the finale are something else. These jumpsuits and gowns, one of them finished with ostrich feathers, we could picture on any of the designer's supermodel friends. But they were made for every woman; they'd make anyone look like a star.