#NYFW Spring 2013: Jonathan Simkhai

Surf was in the air for Jonathan Simkhai’s Spring 2013 collection. It was inspired by the surfers in 1970’s Venice Beach, who resorted to skating in empty pools during that time's drought. With a heavy dose of California cool — and all-blonde-everything models — Simkhai managed to convey the perfect balance of girl versus boy in a hangtime type of world. Propped on landings that read “6 FEET DEEP” and “8 FEET DEEP,” models wore boxy tees, straight knickers in the board short vein, and relaxed fit trousers in dusty pinks, lavenders, cool blues, soft greens, and beiges: it was the perfect west coast sunset. When going for a beach effect, of course we can expect a floral indent: patterned flora added a “Saved By The Bell” of the 21-st century vibe to the collection.

At the top of the collection, though, were three girls clad in black and white — sweatpants, leather shirtdress, and an ivory eyelet blouse — that contrasted with the majority Cali-chroma looks, and added a little something extra. Perhaps it was his way of drawing in downtown, 212 girls into the idea of sand and surf served west-coast style.