Runway Report: Zimmermann

As prominent fans of the Zimmermann brand, we anxiously anticipated their first runway show here at NYFW (congrats!) and they – as expected – did not disappoint.  With a quick flick of the lights, the runway came alive as Nicky Zimmermann’s designs flounced down the runway starting with their first look and gripping our attention through the last.

The theme, “The Ringmaster”,  was emblazoned across the folders that laid on each seat, describing the collection as “walking a tightrope between the whimsy of an age-old art and the dominant sophistication of an entirely modern attitude” and with names like “ringmaster diamond dress”, “high wire neck cuff” and “carousel tissue halter”, that’s precisely what they delivered.

Romantic and feminine but strong in design, chromes and rosey pinks danced with one another in prints of polka-dots and diamonds on light silk chiffon bringing a youthful bounce to the entire collection.  Stand-out pieces like a transparent trench dress, a lightly ruffled sleeved wrapped crop top paired with matching wide-leg trousers, a graphic printed “flippy collared playsuit” and chevron trousers peaked our interest, as they closed with a mixed media fabrication frenzy, consisting of “dripping black paint” and “look-at-me” cocktail dresses.  Pleats, cut-outs, ruffles and wrapping technique wove throughout the collection as leather and lace brought the tough distinction they were seeking to balance out this dreamy romance.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Zimmermann collection without guest appearances from couture-worthy bathing suits.  Turning up the dial on sexy, this upscale beach-wear embodied new silhouettes and technique like a long-sleeved semi-transparent number and a criss-crossed banded laser-cut strapless suit that should be deemed too fabulous to ever go into a body of water.


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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m