Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY LISA FERRANDINO

Quin­tes­sen­tial NY de­signer Jonathan Simkhai looks west for his tow­er­ing spring col­lec­tion.

“I de­sign for strong, fear­less women who want to look mod­ern, ro­man­tic, and pow­er­ful,” says fash­ion dar­ling Jonathan Simkhai. While the born-and-bred New Yorker’s idea of the “Jonathan Simkhai woman” was al­ways well formed—even when he first re­leased his epony­mous high fash­ion line, in 2010—two new col­lec­tions sug­gest his muse is now try­ing on some West Coast flair.

With an uber-cool col­lab with on­line ac­tivewear em­po­rium Car­bon38, Simkhai, 32, dives into the ath­leisure phe­nom­e­non that’s taken SoCal by storm. Stand­outs like a one-piece with open lac­ing and wide-leg snap-up pants make the 16-piece cap­sule col­lec­tion per­fect for the mod­ern Cali gal on the move. But the Par­sons and FIT alum also debuts a spring col­lec­tion that draws from and ref­er­ences LA di­rectly—more specif­i­cally, the Watts Tow­ers.

“I find their mon­u­men­tal­ity and light­ness to be in­spir­ing,” says Simkhai of the Cen­tral LA spires adorned with mo­saics of bro­ken glass and pot­tery. “The [col­lec­tion’s] bead­ing and lat­tice­work is rem­i­nis­cent of the pat­terns on the sur­face of the struc­tures,” he adds, point­ing to the ul­tra-femme silk dresses, in­clud­ing a twisted-rope em­broi­dered gown that “re­ally en­cap­su­lates the spirit and de­sign of the Tow­ers.” It’s no won­der the de­signer’s fa­vorite piece from the col­lec­tion is also the most LA-lust­wor­thy: a mir­ror cutout sleeve blouse with match­ing shorts he says is “un­de­ni­ably chic, ef­fort­less—and very LA.” Swoon! Ron Her­man, 8100 Mel­rose Ave., LA, 323-651-4129; jonathan simkhai.com; car­bon38.com

Jonathan Simkhai (RIGHT) found in­spi­ra­tion in LA’s Watts Tow­ers (BE­LOW LEFT) for his spring col­lec­tion (FAR LEFT), while his fab col­lab with Car­bon38 boasts his first ven­ture into ath­leisure with the Tom­maso pant ($350, HERE), Saari­nen jacket...

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