Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… the circus is about to begin! Zimmerman’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, christened “The Ringmaster,” communicates legends of the long-established art and interprets them into a contemporary and classy assortment of swimwear, separates, and dresses. Drawn to the magic of performance, designer Nicky Zimmermann dives into the enchanting and mysterious language of the circus.
As the first year that Zimmermann has shown during New York Fashion Week, she has certainly made an impact. Set to the smooth indie rock of ‘Milk and Black Spiders’ by Foals, the Australian designer’s collection emits a sultry force. The first model, Marie Piovesan, stepped out onto the runway in a softly checkered pink and white dress with ruffles on the neckline. Hair swiped in a low ponytail and midnight blue eye shadow on the lids, she wore elastic cross ballerina heels and a high wire neck cuff, reminiscent of the cages in a circus.
“I love the detailing of the ruffles,” commented Peyton Ladt, Business Development Manager at Jetsetter. “The dresses were so light and they flowed beautifully. It was all very elegant.”
Brilliant pops of silver were injected into the collection as models sported knife-sharp, plunging V-necks. Walking the tightrope between tradition and art, Zimmermann managed to create unique swimwear with the technical construction of trapeze artist attire. The designer defied gravity with contoured diagonal lines and geometric compositions.
“A lot of it was wearable, which is indicative of its market value,” said Michael Crooks, Digital Marketing Manager at Jetsetter. “The construction was right on point so I expect it to do very well in the market.”
Next, black and white vertical stripes in the billowy silhouettes of jumpsuits were seen. The Zimmerman woman incorporates a powerful refinement into the modern interpretation of playfulness. Keyhole backs on several dresses tauntingly say, “Now you see it, now you don’t!”
We see the animals in silk tiger dresses and clowns in a garment with their printed smudged faces. There are also the diamond structures of a big top tent and the essence of the three rings in dangling earrings. From floral prints to graphic patterns, the Zimmerman collection covers all the bases in her carousel of dreams.
With the youthful optimism in the ruffles and dresses, to the dangerously sexy cuts in the swimwear, it is safe to say that Zimmerman fully embodies the heart of the circus spirit.
Words / Sheri Chiu
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