June 18, 2014 New York
The terrific thing about being an Australia-based brand is when it comes to Resort, the deliveries actually align with high-summer months Down Under, which makes for brisk sales of Zimmermann's signature bikinis and beachy frocks. This season found Nicky Zimmermann reminiscing over holidays spent in Bali, where the local women traipse around in white cotton shirts and batik sarongs. "I've loved that look since I was a kid," said the designer. She channeled the breezy island aesthetic with eyelet-embroidered organza skirts and bell-shaped dresses. Decorated with peekaboo lattice accents, those perforated pieces revealed quite a bit of skin (as seen in the lookbook), so Zimmermann was smart to offer them with cute little mesh underpinnings. Elsewhere, eyelet embroidery was incorporated into a cool navy suit that came in a natural drill fabric; the tailored jacket boasted a beautiful tentlike drape in back. Zimmerman continued to reference the traditional patterns found on those aforementioned pareos by developing pretty, batik-inspired florals, which she featured on strappy silk party tops and crinkled chiffon dresses with bohemian appeal. Rounding out the mix were billowy cotton voile blouses and sexy swimwear. While it requires supreme confidence to hit the shore in va-va-voom numbers like the white, corseted one-piece here, Zimmermann claimed, "We've found such a market for these specialty styles [which retail between $600 and $700]." And it's not just Aussies scooping up the statement-making suits. The designer reported that her maillots and bikinis have been flying off the shelves at the East Hampton store she opened over Memorial Day. Noteworthy accessories such as wide-brimmed panama hats and an oversize raffia tote—roomy enough to lug multiple towels—completed the look.