Zimmermann Goes Back To School-------
Nicky Zimmermann likes to have fun with fashion, and that’s just what she did with her Fall ’13 collection, which she’s titled Class of 2013. You might need to see the lookbook, which was cleverly bound like a high-school yearbook, to get the full effect, but the latest lineup definitely had a schoolgirl vibe. There were silk organza sweatshirts and “hockey” dresses with a pencil-drawn emblem print by artist Courtney Brims, as well as sharp leather backpacks for evening. As is usually the case with Zimmermann’s collections, Fall was all about the mix. For instance, shiny taffeta plaid shirts were paired with cropped brocade stovepipes, while frilly metallic lace bib tops were styled under drapey evening dresses, which, according to the designer, are prime for school dances or a twenty-first birthday party. Despite being known primarily for its bathing suits and flirty frocks, the Australian label turned out some noteworthy outerwear this season, including a shawl coat in shiny coated tweed and a cobalt vest-jacket hybrid.