Jonathan Simkhai’s crisp, polished spring effort juxtaposed “laid-back country life and high-energy, fast-paced city life.” Inspired by the “skeletal” structure of an urban enclave, he developed a mechanical macramé fabric with a textured effect that mimicked subway grates and scaffolding. Elsewhere, intricate embroidered lace patterns were fashioned from abstracted images of skyscrapers.

 

Simkhai executed those texture-heavy looks in superfeminine silhouettes — peplums, trumpet dresses, and crop-top and skirt sets — delivering his clientele the sexy nighttime looks for which they seek him out. When he deviated from that with more romantic, country-inspired daywear, as in the embroidered cotton voile dresses and shirting that opened the show, Simkhai showed his versatility.