Runway Report: Zimmermann Fall 2017

From tiered ruffled romance to pleated and pinstriped suiting, Zimmermann proved a strong silhouette made for movement is the key to eye-catching for FW17, in a collection full of tiered and tailored looks that played with high-low layering and lace. In a palette of chic cream, taupe and grayscale neutrals and pastel to peachy pinks, wearing monochrome head to toe meant more attention brought to mix and match textures- this season’s blush proving another year on trend in an oversized cocoon shearling styled over a fluttery floral maxi, turtleneck and paired flares layered below, or all white brocade cropped culotte suiting over a pleated back polka dotted blouse sweeping behind, high tucked cream ankle boots to match.

Models wore lose waves, a dewy glow, and oversized enamel hoops. Asymmetric off-the-shoulder dresses and skirt hems kept looks contemporary, a series of silver sequined dresses ringing ultra modern paired over matte nude boots, a pop of contrasting color block hidden inside the heel, while stagger-layered knife pleat minis in lace and pinstripes put a thoroughly new school take on the school girl classic. Victorian high necks and pinafore-esque ruffles met drop waisted dresses, and sporty school stripes covered slouchy suiting, in homage to the collection’s name and inspiration, ‘The Maples,’ the building which housed the Women’s College at Sydney University following World War I.

Inspired by “the sense of optimism and freedom of woman at the time,” Zimmermann translated the common ‘future is female’ theme of the season subtle than some, but with a historic narrative and borrowed from the boys pieces executed so elegantly that the pioneering spirit spoke loud and clear -whether wearing bold navy pant suiting to the most feminine-detailed floaty pastel dresses, the Zimmermann woman is equally empowered and leading the way this season.

About the Author

Sarah Bertness is the Editorial Manager of social shopping platform LIKEtoKNOW.it, covering the arts, music, fashion and culture from Dallas in her spare time. She has a love for public art, all things vinyl, antiquing, wanderlust, and a good dose of color blocking and print clashing. You can follow her travels and musings on Instagram @sarahbertness.