Jonathan Simkhai Resort 2020

On Monday, a year and a half after Jonathan Simkhai first visited Sydney’s Bondi Beach on vacation, he returned to the birthplace of surf lifesaving to present his resort 2020 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Staged at sunset at the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, one of Australia’s oldest surf clubs was founded in 1906 and reopened in 2013 after a modernist do-over by Sydney architectural firm Durbach Block Jaggers, the show and collection were inspired by what Simkhai calls the “magic hour.”
“When you’re with someone you love and it’s 5 o’clock and the sun’s setting and the person you’re with, their face is glowing and you have a drink in hand and you’re having the best time,” he explained backstage after the show. “I thought how can I make a woman feel like she can put her dress on and be in that moment?”
The answer apparently was via a skin-tight, blush pink napa leather flight suit, which was the collection’s departure point. This was followed by a series of leather wrap skirts, baggy trousers and sexy bralettes with criss-cross straps and tough chic hardware in tan, mustard and black and a jacquard jersey section featuring hand-painted “chain” and

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Jonathan Simkhai Pre-Fall 2019

Jonathan Simkhai swirled all of his categories — ready-to-wear, swim and new lingerie — into his pre-fall lineup. Inspiration gleaned from a trip to Morocco resulted in an overarching theme of disco glamour and rich color derived from turmeric gold and bougainvillea pink and magenta to tie everything together, though there was diversity in the range. Many styles came with built-in lingerie layering pieces that solved the problem posed by wanting to create a louche look without struggling to find slips and underpinnings in the right lengths, colors and fabrications. For example, a magenta slipdress was layered over a lace turtleneck slip and a blazer came with a detachable camisole underlayer.
“I think it’s a nice thing,” said Simkhai of the pre-styled looks. “I’ve seen things like jackets with sweatshirts that you can zip out. I kind of love and hate the idea, but I thought it was interesting. How do I make it elevated and sexy? By building in the slips and lingerie.”
Lounge-y glamour came in blush-toned jacquard pajamas and a shimmery blazer and matching shorts. And if there’s such a thing as day-to-night swimwear, Simkhai’s retro glamour shapes could take you from the pool to the club depending on how

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Jonathan Simkhai, Janet Mock Celebrate International Women’s Day Ringing Their Reps, Encouraging Vote

The fashion and entertainment worlds came together on Thursday to celebrate International Women’s Day at The Standard Hollywood as Jonathan Simkhai and writer, television host and transgender rights activist Janet Mock invited friends to dinner and to participate in The Standard’s Ring Your Rep initiative benefiting Swing Left.
The event drew Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, Jaime King, Aluna Francis, Skyler Samuels, Arielle Kebbel. Angelique Soave, Gavin Turek, Brittany Xavier and Baddiewinkle, among others.

Jaime King 
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Simhkai first encountered Mock when he heard her speak at the Women’s March last year. “I was so impressed that I reached out to her to talk about ways we could work together. I’m not ‘political’ but anything I can do to support women, I will,” he said.
The designer created a black-and-white T-shirt that said “Feminist AF,” explaining, “It’s playful and it gets the message across.” Actress Diane Guerrero proudly wore hers with a black shorts suit, saying, “It speaks pretty clearly for itself.”
The shirts will be sold on, with proceeds benefiting Swing Left, the progressive political group which aims to take back the House for Democrats in 2018 by encouraging people to vote in the November mid-term elections.

Nikki Reed and Arielle Kebbel 
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