RED HOT SUM­MER

IT’S THE BIG­GEST AND BEST SUM­MER YET FOR DOWN UN­DER CLOTH­ING AND SWIMWEAR BRAND ZIM­MER­MANN. BY ADRIENNE GAFFNEY

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It’s the big­gest and best sum­mer yet for Down Un­der cloth­ing and swimwear brand Zim­mer­mann.

Zim­mer­mann, the fem­i­nine Aus­tralian cloth­ing and swimwear line, has a very ex­cit­ing sum­mer planned. Nicky Zim­mer­mann, who over­sees de­sign while her sis­ter Si­mone runs the busi­ness side, is in the United States for the sea­son, cel­e­brat­ing sev­eral events and mile­stones for the 26-year-old Syd­ney­based com­pany.

This sum­mer Zim­mer­mann will wel­come three new stores, in New York City’s Meat­pack­ing District, Mi­ami’s Bal Har­bour, and on Bru­ton Street in London, ex­pand­ing the brand’s reper­toire to 24 shops and launch­ing a Euro­pean pres­ence for the first time. “We found our girl: She goes to the Hamp­tons, she trav­els to Mi­ami, she goes to London. Luck­ily, that’s what we want to do as well,” says Nicky. “It’s great hav­ing these [stores] so we can travel to these amaz­ing places but also be there for work. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

Each lo­ca­tion was wellscouted and long-de­sired: The com­pany had been look­ing for the right spot in May­fair for its first London store, and was equally eager to have a lo­ca­tion in Mi­ami—a long­time fa­vorite travel des­ti­na­tion for Nicky. A new Man­hat­tan shop will

be­come the sec­ond in the city. “It’s an­other prop­erty we’ve had our eye on for quite a while,” she ex­plains. “I love that area of New York. It’s a lit­tle bit of a tourist spot, but it’s beau­ti­ful.”

Nicky’s time State­side will also give Zim­mer­mann the chance to host its first re­sort show, which will take place in New York, show­cas­ing the Spring/ Sum­mer col­lec­tion that was in­spired by a night­club she fre­quented as a teen.

“I would drive into the city, and it was a place where you could ex­press your­self and the music was quite ex­per­i­men­tal. The era was the late ’80s, [and we were] com­ing from an area where you were less en­cour­aged to ex­press your­self,” she re­calls. “My girl­friends and I would make our out­fits.” The re­sult­ing col­lec­tion has a slight pi­rate vibe thanks to frilled shirts and muted col­ors, along with stripes mixed with flo­rals and corset tops. To Nicky, the stand-out piece is a peach lace dress with a hand­ker­chief hem and a corset top. “It’s about se­lect­ing all these beau­ti­ful lit­tle pieces of things and putting them to­gether,” she says. 27 New­town Lane, East Hamp­ton, 631-604-6291; zim­mer­man­nwear.com

“WE FOUND OUR GIRL: SHE GOES TO THE HAMP­TONS, SHE GOES TO MI­AMI, SHE TRAV­ELS TO LONDON.” — nicky zim­mer­mann

TOP LEFT: Models sparkle back­stage in Zim­mer­mann’s Fall/win­ter 2017 col­lec­tion. TOP RIGHT: The de­signer of the Zim­mer­mann sis­ter duo, Nicky. BOT­TOM LEFT AND RIGHT: Fem­i­nine frills and tex­tured lay­ers make for a dreamy run­way show.

Nicky Zim­mer­mann makes fin­ish­ing touches be­fore the Fall/win­ter show.

A model struts down the run­way in one of the line’s ul­tra­fem­i­nine de­signs.

Zim­mer­mann will host its first-ever re­sort show in New York this sea­son, show­cas­ing the Spring/sum­mer col­lec­tion. right: A sketch from the col­lec­tion.

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