On Set with Jonathan Simkhai

On Set with Jonathan Simkhai

Jonathan Simkhai's quick rise has made him one of the buzziest names in the industry: not only is he the mastermind behind the sophisticated–meets–modern line beloved by stylish A–listers like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss, he's also managed to catch the eye of fashion's most influential insiders, leading him to join CFDA's incubator program in 2010 and winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2015.

Today, Jonathan has pretty much cornered the market on night–out style, speaking to any woman looking to make an entrance. And now he's sharing his newest pieces with us for a unique collaboration: an exclusive digital pop–up shop with early access to shop his pre–fall collection. Get the scoop on this special project and get to know where Jonathan is headed now with his latest delivery, now available to shop exclusively at intermixonline.com.

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What kind of woman did you design this collection for?
"She appreciates luxury, comfort and creativity. She lives an on–the–go lifestyle and needs her wardrobe to be versatile, while also timeless and effortless, and never too trendy. She defines radical elegance—a contrast between soft and hard, refined and bold, masculine and feminine."

Where do you see women wearing these pieces to?
"This collection was designed so that women could find all of their wardrobe needs in one place: pieces that will work for her day–to–day, as well as for her busy social calendar."

How would you describe your new take on party dressing?
"I love styling with separates and incorporating unexpected details. This season, we have several pairs of trousers, including a super wide–leg with a side slit that is incredibly chic, and tops that are both sexy and refined, featuring lace–up details and featherlight ruffles on the sleeves."

What's the best way to show some skin this summer?
"I prefer skin–baring that is understated, whether that is a strategically–placed cutout or a thigh–high slit that only shows the skin depending on the way she moves. This summer, the cold-shoulder silhouette is a great way to show a bit of skin and it's flattering on everyone. It's not about in–your–face sexy—it's about subtlety." .

What's the best way to accessorize any piece in this collection?
"For me, accessories are meant to enhance an outfit, not distract from it. This collection has so many interesting details, and it might take a couple of looks before someone notices all of the intricacies. I think it's more fun to play to those secrets by keeping jewelry minimal and sticking to metals and earth-tones."

What's the one piece from this collection that works for any event?
"The lace–up knit dress: it can be dressed up with a great sandal for a cocktail party or dressed down with flats and a denim jacket for brunch or a weekend in the Hamptons."

What's the one thing every woman needs in her wardrobe this summer?
"A great cold–shoulder top, and we have several to choose from, like a menswear–inspired oxford style and a halter cut in lightweight crepe."

How do you make a trouser work for a night out?
"Trousers definitely don't have to be reserved for work. I love playing with proportions, like pairing them with a bodysuit or more feminine elements such as a low neckline or peplum–style top to accentuate the waistline. And adding a strappy or embellished sandal can make all the difference."

What's the best way to take a party look from pretty to jaw–dropping?
"Taking a party look from pretty to jaw–dropping often times depends on styling—swapping out the shoe, the handbag, the jewelry, the hair. But above all, it's about a woman's confidence and how she carries herself when she walks into a room that is most important."

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