Runway Report: Jonathan Simkhai SS17

Crisp, clean whites, smooth ivories, and chambray blues: Perhaps not the most revolutionary palette for a spring collection, but impossible to deny when presented in a fresh and artful way which was the case for Jonathan Simkhai’s SS 17 collection.

Over the past few seasons, Simkhai has established a love of body-con dresses which he revisited this season, and expanded it to include a handful of fluid silk dresses, which showcased his growing adeptness at creating looks with a sense of movement, as well as a couple of likewise easygoing frocks done in crochet.

Inspired by Los Angeles’s sculptural Watts Towers, the collection was heavy on embellishments and beading. Rope, mirrors, pearls, lace and cotton balls adorned everything from evening dresses to jackets and wide-legged pants. There was also no shortage of floaty, feminine ruffles and eyelet detailing.

Although the show notes described Jonathan Simkhai’s spring collection as “a wardrobe that layers go-to staples with luxury novelty silhouettes”, the lineup was full with special occasion fare – not exactly our kind of “staples”.

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