Earlier this week, Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, the sisters behind ustralian label Zimmermann, showcased the brand’s ready-to-wear fall/winter 20/21 collection in New York, but prior to sending models down the runway, Nicky caught up with Vogue about the fortuitous inspiration behind the collection.
‘For fall this season we were inspired by lucky charms, fortune-telling and superstitions – we embraced the spirit and fun side of these ideas to create a collection that felt optimistic, upbeat and has a sense of humour to it’, Zimmermann explained. ‘There’s so much rich imagery that we had been able to delve into-all sorts of lucky symbols and icons are incorporated into prints, surfaces and textures. We played with lady beetles and horse shoes in our embroideries, an evil eye artwork on silk, we touched on some astrology references in our sequins and set it against a backdrop of the chalky and diffused colours of the rainbow’.
Models walked the runway in tiered mini dresses and skirt and blouse combinations, with the designer’s personal favorite pieces including the latter which was also the opening look and literally called ‘Lucky’. Flared velvet trousers were paired with matching separates or dreamy printed silk shirting and overlaid with coats.
‘I’m definitely superstitious – but in a fun sort of way’, Zimmermann continued of her inspiration, calling her approach to honouring this ;playful hopeful and light-hearted’. The sisters wanted to play with idea of making your own luck, which they feel the Zimmermann girl does whenever she choose to wear. ‘As a kid I remember being obsessed with trying to find a four-leaf clover – on my hands and knees on the grass at home searching. I think it’s something that a lot of people grow with to some extent – Simone and I will be talking and still touch wood, or avoid walking under ladders and that sort of thing’.
References for luck-lady beetles (which is also from what the collection earned its name), horseshoes and evil eyes – were included in the rich imagery for fall/winter 20/21, whether printed or incorporated into embroidery. All in all, it was a fun – spirited collection that celebrated the energy of the brand.
The New York show comes off the back of Zimmermann launching its spring 2020 campaign, shot in Australia, which you can see below. The sisters are busy-they are also working on resort collections for the middle of the year and preparing to open a brick-and-mortar store in Milan around April. ‘We have so much going and the year already feels like it’s flying past’, Zimmermann shares. ‘We also have some really exciting project we have been working on’.
‘As a design team we’re really thinking of how to evolve the collection and push the boundaries from a technical point of view as well as aesthetically’.
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