I have long been an admirer of Australian fashion house Zimmermann. It is certainly one of Australia’s finest designers and somehow manages to get it right every single time.
Spring/Summer’s 2016 collection was no exception and is everything a spring collection should be. Nicky and Simone Zimmermann wanted to create a “very mischievous” collection this spring, and as a result, we have got the unbelievably dreamy, romantic and feminine creation that graced the runway on the second day of NYFW.
The designer duo looked to 1894 novel “Seven Little Australians” by Ethel Turner for inspiration, which tells a story about mischievous siblings (which also inspired the title of the show – Master and Mischief).
Provocative yet colonial. Those ostensibly contrasting themes summed up the vibe in Zimmermann’s spring lineup. Creations featuring ruffled necklines, corset-like bodices and Victorian styled bib collars. It was a juxtaposition of materials, textures and lengths, as we saw looks featuring super-short lengths, yet modest high necklines, skin revealing see-through materials paired with classic fabrics.
The skirts and dresses were dangerously short, yet completely innocent and elegant due to the use of the flouncy hemlines, while the blouses and dresses had a very specific Victorian flair about them with pretty ruffles, bib collars and figure-enhancing corset-resembling bodices and just completely irresistible. Despite the typical colonial feel, the looks were modernised and youthful, whilst also being undeniably functional and wearable for multiple occasions.
The pair chose leading colour themes of nude, cream and white tones for the collection which we seen make its way down the runway in burlap fabric, embellished with white lace appliqués, crochet and tiny golden beads. Although the entire colour palette was rather subdued, besides creams and whites we were also treated to servings of cobalt blues, blacks and salmon pinks and also floral patterns that took part in enhancing the allure of the bouncy hemlines of the playful skirts and dresses. Soft vertical stripes and polka dots also made it into the collection, while delicate embroidery, lace-up backs and buckles are amongst other details which most of the pieces come adorned with.
Layering was also a popular theme for some of the creations, like the cobalt blue buckled and belted dress worn over a feminine floral patterned shirt. Every piece from the show beamed a high dose of feminine charisma and there was noticeably no room for pants in Spring 2016 with the exception of a few pairs of tailored shorts making an appearance from time to time.
Lace, stripes and whites. What more could we ask for Spring? Here are the looks you won’t want to miss: