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Designer Jonathan Simkhai on How to Wear Lace and the Celeb He Wants to Dress

In just a few short years, New York designer Jonathan Simkhai has charmed a cross section of the celebosphere. Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington, Kendall Jenner, Anne Hathaway and Gigi Hadid are just some of the famous ladies who’ve stepped out in his sweetly revealing styles. Though his peekaboo lace and cutout constructions are undeniably sexy (Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski are fans), Simkhai carefully offsets these body-baring looks with structured silhouettes and delicate embellishments that make his creations elegantly wearable (Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett prove this to be true).

Jonathan Simkhai

By balancing structure and sheerness, Simkhai has struck on a particular kind of sexiness that appeals to the modern woman. To make his strongly feminine designs, he relies on modern influences wrought in nostalgic fabrications. This is especially visible in his lacy spring 2016 collection.

We spoke with Simkhai about his success, modern romance and how to wear lace with swagger.

Your collections are very romantic. What is modern romance to you?

Yes, my collections tend to be very romantic. I think that’s because this way of dressing, for me, represents an ideal. These days, romance seems to often get lost amongst all of the dating apps [Simkhai’s brother is Grindr founder Joel Simkhai] and social sites, as well as our need for instant gratification. For me, modern romance is about reflecting on what is considered traditionally romantic and updating it to feel appropriate for our modern day.


Runway images by Jessa Carter

Where is the most romantic place you’ve been recently?

After the fall/winter 2016 show, I took a mini vacation to the Caribbean island of Anguilla—a literal paradise with turquoise waters and white sand beaches—it’s hard not to feel romantic there.


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Riccardo Tisci, Jeffrey Kalinsky and All of New York Toast This Year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner

What history will remember of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Class of 2015 is they were the ones who broke the rule—the rule that there can only be one winner.

Anna Wintour, Ricardo Tisci, Rio Uribe Amanda Seyfried, Diane von Furstenberg, Aurora James, Jonathan Simkhai, Steve Kolb

The stars of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award ceremony

On Monday, November 2 at Spring Studios in New York, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg announced, on behalf of a panel of judges that included Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky, that due to the extreme nature of “authentic” talent in the mix, there would be not one but three winners in this 12th annual fashion competition.

We were there to catch exclusive commentary from past winner and footwear genius Paul Andrew and others, and to pass on the inspiring message from Givenchy‘s creative director Riccardo Tisci—the evening’s keynote guest.

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New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: Laced Up at CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Candidate Jonathan Simkhai

Talking with our fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky on day one of New York Fashion Week got us all reinvigorated about the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Candidates, so we made sure to see the Jonathan Simkhai show on Sunday night.


Check out the New Yorker’s elaborately feminine details and his sport-riffing, midriff-and-more-baring separates here. Then get ready for the November 2 announcement of this year’s big winner. Oh, and stay tuned: We’ll be back later this week with a look at another contender.

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