June 17, 2013 New York
The Australia-based Zimmermann brand staged its first official stateside presentation for Resort this week. Citing films like Badlands and Picnic at Hanging Rock as influences, designer Nicky Zimmermann said the collection was "loosely based on the classic tale of a good girl falling for a bad boy." Her theme was reflected in the show's marked progression from ethereal ivory and foiled-gold looks to moodier dark ones. Beyond the color palette, there was a sexual spark running through the lineup—even in the opening white pieces, which included an on-trend lace maxi dress with contoured panels of transparent lace, and an organza pinafore frock with floaty flounces. On the vampier side, she showed slinky fringed gowns with plunging necklines and a backless halter number in an allover paisley print. The label is best known for its swimwear, and Zimmermann found fresh ways to incorporate alluring one-pieces here. Their laser-cut details, metallic thread embroidery, and ruffles ensured they'll enjoy a life beyond the beach.