Zimmermann Resortwear '19 Review

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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? 

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Khaki Craze

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Amongst mismatched floral frocks and metallic shimmering gowns, khaki—yes, khaki—stole the Resort '19 stage. The dark horse shade found its footing in menswear-inspired silhouettes and asymmetrical detailing from Prada to Jil Sander. Oscar de la Renta wowed with a bosom-bearing khaki dress complete with oversized pockets, crisp pleating, and a square gold leaf belt buckle. Sportmax delivered a mixed media shirtdress in the shade with utilitarian styling, proving more Lara Croft than UPS deliveryman. Prada took the prep school uniform khaki skirt to the office by adding an asymmetrical frill and peekaboo tulip outline. The classic trench was no match for Claudia Li's twisted take featuring a khaki dolman-sleeved ruched cape overcoat draped atop a monochromatic double-breasted blazer and matching skirt. It seems khaki is anything but dull. 

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