Who knew it would take an Australian to capture the essence of old school Hollywood glamour? Sydney-based designer Nicky Zimmermann reimagined a cinematic paradise with her latest resort collection. The silky crepe creams and lavender hibiscus prints that walked the fauna-filled runway called back to a forgotten retro 70s vacation aesthetic.
Rumored to be inspired by Angelika Huston's signature orchid, Zimmermann paired each ensemble with a fabric flower: a belt detail for a striped bell-sleeve top and matching tulip skirt, a pin for a menswear-inspired tailored blazer, a sash on the bottom of a high-waisted bikini. The floral emphasis continued in a series of see-through silks etched with the outline of orchids and lace details mimicking petals. The standout outfit—a sheer blouse with oversized button loops tucked into paper bag-waisted crepe shorts with a pom pom trim—proved simple subtlety for florals is sometimes best.
Zimmermann expanded the inspiration to include chambray linen sets, silk snakeskin blouses, and safari block print gauchos. A crowd favorite proved to be a snakeskin jumper paired with a Peter Pan-collared silk blouse, an ideal look for work or play. The addition of prints also allowed for unexpected silhouettes and style pairings. A strapless polka dot ruched dress snuck into the show bringing a slightly punk flair amongst the polished looks as though Courtney Love had been cast in the Age of Innocence. The finale piece brought the collection full-circle with its 70s vibe of a wide leg lavender trouser and matching double-breasted blazer, styled with a polka dot headscarf peeping from under a mesmerizingly large braided straw hat.
Zimmermann kept the collection light, playing with rich creams and skin-flaunting draping to create a lush ready-to-wear oasis. With stores in Australia, London, and most recently St. Tropez, Zimmermann continues to have her finger on the pulse of ready-to-wear fashion. Because who wouldn't want to be a movie star for a day?