Fall 2015 marked Jonathan Simkhai’s transition from presentation to runway. “It was all about pushing the pedal to the metal — go hard or go home,” the designer said backstage. And he did. Drawing inspiration from high-adrenaline car racing, tires and the whole competitive nature of the sport, he created head-to-toe looks in intricate lace patterns he called “wire lace,” with a sweatshirt, miniskirt and a cutout minidress and legging combo opening the lineup.
Continuing on the transparency ride, he also showed elaborately woven mid-calf lace dresses in black or pink, as well as two gowns in metallic embroidery and mesh — the first evening effort for him. On a sportier note, the intarsia knit coat and matching trousers were as effortless as they were chic, proving that no matter which direction Simkhai heads, he is confidently behind the wheel.