“I wanted to create a fall collection that is uplifting and optimistic. Reflective surfaces, fabrications that shine and an abundance of print capture the essence of our season,” mentions Nicky Zimmermann. We have to say that the goal has been reached, while the Zimmermann fall/winter 2016-2017 collection as a whole was quite a bit to take in as it was revealed. The Australian brand has always been known for its frills, ornamentation and special detailing, but Nicky Zimmermann along with partner Simone, brought in India and some pretty awesome prints.
Mirror bits were worked into the textiles themselves, softening the glaring ethnic pieces, bringing in a sense of optimism and loosening things up as they moved away from the harder lines of the spring line. Yet, it still appears as if there is too much happening. For those, who much prefer the monotonous looks that define ready-to-wear pieces, Zimmermann was far off the mark. And yet, we rather liked the craziness, almost happy it is a ready-to-wear and not haute couture actually. The looks are fun and chic, with a modern take on classic favorites and a whole lot of floral prints.
With thirty-six pieces to the collection, the Zimmermann fall 2016 presentation on the New York Fashion Week runway blew fans away with its intricate detailing and strong use of color. There is even a piece there that almost reminds us of a Princess Leia costume, some sort of shimmering bronze dress with brown accents and golden appeals. Though we should hope that the woman wearing it has a better-formed chest if she is going to go braless.
The very Indian aspects are counteracted with fine details from other ethnic backgrounds, creating calla lily sleeves, wallpaper flowers, disco leggings, large caftans, pantsuits and a whole lot more. While the designers have mentioned that there was no inspiration from nightclubs, something we can believe, we do think that some form of dance parties were behind the creation of these looks.
While many cannot seem to find the appeal in the different getups, we find ourselves rather enjoying a few, such as the black shearling lined suede jacket over the mirror glittering dress with matching handbags, as well as the shimmering sating blue silver dress with the plunging neckline and bell sleeves, legs clad in a lovely pair of tights and shoes in a laced up white and modern taste.
While we are privy to outfits that might not be worn on a daily basis, we cannot help but disagree with a few reviews that have decided Zimmermann’s fall sampling is just not up to par. On the contrary, the imagination and general designs has us thinking they would be perfect on sets, designing for the artists acting out a show or film. After all, one does not need to follow the crowds in order to gain praise. In the fashion industry, those who take the risks are the ones we generally find most appealing, something Zimmermann is certainly taking to of late.
Photos courtesy of Vogue