Nicky and Simone Zimmermann sisters were trying to create “very mischievous” looks this spring, and as a result, we have got the unbelievably dreamy, romantic and pretty Zimmermann spring/summer 2016 collection that graced the runway of New York Fashion Week during the second day. The designer duo looked to 1894 novel “Seven Little Australians” by Ethel Turner for inspiration, which tells a story about mischievous siblings. Whether they wanted to create a collection that would relate to their strong mutual connection or not, the Zimmermann runway show titled “Master and Mischief” brought a fabulous colonial style spiced up with subtle notes of rebellious spirit. 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.
When you choose a single color for your overall look and when it’s something classic and neutral – say cream, you want to play with textures and small details that would help you create a statement-making outfit. This is what the Zimmermann sisters did picking nude cream and white tones as the main colors for their collection and sending neutral pieces made of burlap fabric and embellished with lovely white lace appliqués, crochet and tiny golden beads down the runway. The skirts and dresses were dangerously short, yet totally innocent and classy thanks the use of the flouncy hemlines, while the blouses and dresses carried a certain Victorian flair about them coming decorated with pretty ruffles, bib collars and figure-enhancing corset-resembling bodices. Despite the typical colonial feel, the looks were modern, cool and youthful, also being undeniably functional and wearable for multiple occasions. You can easily wear those dresses to summer parties or just to the street, looking elegant and celestial as you stride down the city streets.
Although the entire color palette was totally subdued, besides creams and whites we were also treated to good portions of cobalt blues, blacks and salmon pinks, but also flirty floral patterns that came to enhance the whimsical allure about those frilled, ruffled and tiered dresses. Soft vertical stripes and polka dots on the background of white are other types of printing utilized, while delicate embroidery, lace-up backs and buckles are other details most of the pieces come adorned with. Certain looks also showed a nice game of layering, like the cobalt blue buckled and belted dress worn over a pretty floral patterned shirt. From skirts paired with blouses to dresses, every single piece radiated a high dose of feminine allure and there was absolutely no room for pants with the exception of a few pairs of tailored shorts making an appearance from time to time.
Wide leather belts with a textured surface and pretty laser-cut details in black or cream tones were added to most of the looks to draw the attention to the thin waists of the models, and we were also head over heels in love with the fabulous footwear and box bags coming in the same tones as the entire outfit. Aside from that, it was the innocent beauty look composed of frizzy updos and natural makeup that enhanced the romantic feel of the show.
Photos courtesy of Vogue