The new Jonathan Simkhai spring 2018 collection can be described as an “airy” and “sporty” one. Right before the start of his show, the designer stood surrounded by a crowd of people and explained that his collection has pastels, romanticism and street vibe, all combined in one. He wanted to create a collection that will be fresh and will bring a lively mood. There were photographs done by Ward Roberts and they were basketball court series. Empty, grey, concrete ones, in fact. Those empty courts were inspiration for the color palette. The designer opted for light blue, pale pink, gray and white. Sports and athleisure were the first things you spot when the first model came out on the runway. The combination was baseball jersey, blue and white striped wrap top and a skirt.
Then came one asymmetric wrap dress, then light ivory jacket, a denim one, with embroidery. Next were baggy jeans and a chiffon tunic. The stylist that worked together with the designer, Vanessa Traine, paired the looks with Reebok sneakers and with heels from Manolo Blahnik. The heels were minimal and they were coordinating with the collection. The collection has a sporty niche, but it was not very accented. It was subtler. With every season, Simkhai is going into direction of loosening and lightening his pieces for the new lines. For this collection, his designs felt organic and more plain, without much bling or frill. The fabrics he used were various: from crochet and lace to suede.
His talent for combining and using different fabrics was seen in macramé dresses in white and navy. The suede fabric was used on one blue trench, one belted jacket and one wrap skirt. The romantic line of the collection was presented through few pretty night gowns, maxi dresses and jumpsuits in cotton and some with pearls on them. The street style had a ‘90s vibe, with wide leg jeans, side buttons, combined with wrap-top in pink denim. Overall, his vision for the upcoming spring season 2018 was to cool down the tones and colors and keep things light. As he said, through his work and talent he can make the women feel and look beautiful.