It was a laid-back tableau of Cali cool that met visitors to Jonathan Simkhai's Spring 2013 presentation at Milk Studios. The designer took his inspiration from the '70s-era Venice Beach surfers that, thanks to massive droughts and low tides, were forced to take up skateboarding in Los Angeles's waterless pools. Thus Simkhai's models posed on steps stenciled with "no diving" and wore iridescent mirrored shades. There was even a shirtless surfer-skater model dude standing in the corner.
But even if Simkhai's inspiration was straight out of the West Coast, these were clothes that would also work quite nicely on the streets of New York; for every sunset hue or palm tree print, there was a downtown jacket or slouchy top in cool, slick leather.