ApparelMagic client Jonathan Simkhai’s show at New York Fashion Week proved he is a designer of the silkiest-smooth caliber. Remembering the mid-aughts obsessions with camis under blazers, he gave his woman his own elevated take on corporate chic, updated to the modern day when the biggest businesses eschew business casual for sweatshirts and the modern fashionable careerwoman is just as likely to make a living by influencing on social media.
Mixing charmeuse and tailoring with insouciance, he laid out a wardrobe for a contemporary woman that was half work and half play, if sometimes at the same time.
Cutting on the bias, he played in Chantilly lace with handkerchief hems, through plaids stretched over the hips, and with scarf prints that bunched and bagged in just the right places.
These might be the same classic fabrics that have been around for decades, but Simkhai brought them up to the present with angular, diagonal lines that reflected his customers’ dynamic lives.
Ever the colorist, the ApparelMagic client went bold with vivid marigold, plum, and indigo. While these might be clothes for fall, these were pieces that enlivened and lit up the spirit.