The Zimmermann spring/summer 2017 collection presentation for New York Fashion Week can easily be summed up as being wearable art. Each piece was constructed in a way that was beautiful to look at, while also looking totally effortless.
The mixing of fabrics by designer Nicky Zimmermann was truly spectacular, as she was able to take three dated fabrics in drab colors and create something modern, well-constructed, and truly captivating. And what makes the collection even better is that the concept is deeply rooted in the designer’s personal past; more specifically, pertaining to her first steps with fashion.
“I grew up in the suburbs of Sydney,” said Zimmermann in an interview with Vogue. “About 45 minutes out of the city – you were kind of deprived of access to the subculture happening in town. So, every Saturday I’d drive in with my friends and we’d make our own outfits.”
Zimmermann is a designer known for using a plethora of ruffles in her designs, but this is arguably the most successful use of that detailing yet. With an initial point so close and personal to the designer, it really comes as no surprise that this was the collection to really take viewers’ breath away.
For any designer, the first memories or similarly important moments can be a powerful source of inspiration, especially when it is applied at the right time and by using the right tools and outlets. In Zimmermann’s case, these trips into the city translated into a fashionable mish-mash of prints.
As far as the silhouettes were concerned, there was an essence of the romantic Victorian era, maturing the looks; yet the different ways each piece was deconstructed made them youthful as well. Going along with that, Zimmermann herself described the vibe of the collection as being “kind of a sexy pirate.”
The fabrics and the Victorian motifs could have gone dated fast, yet the balance made for the perfect ready-to-wear collection. The light fabrics were also perfect for the spring and summer seasons, but the color, prints, and silhouettes could also be easily translated into fall – so not only is this collection stylish, but it’s also versatile and a great investment for your wardrobe.
Zimmermann’s style is right on trend with what we can expect to see on the runway this fashion month. Deconstruction is a great bet already, due to its success in recent seasons, and we have already seen so many great off-the-shoulder looks in other collections, which will likely show up in many of the other runway shows over the course of fashion month. She took these trends to add in, while tying it all back to that historic moment in her life.
The designer summed up the collection perfectly in her interview. “It’s about the fun we were having.”
Photos courtesy of Vogue