RED HOT SUM­MER

IT’S THE BIG­GEST AND BEST SUM­MER YET FOR DOWN UN­DER CLOTH­ING AND SWIMWEAR BRAND

Ocean Drive - - Contents - ZIM­MER­MANN. BY ADRI­ENNE GAFFNEY

It’s the big­gest and best sum­mer yet for the 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 Syd­ney-based com­pany.

This sum­mer Zim­mer­mann will wel­come three new stores, in Mi­ami’s Bal Har­bour, New York City’s Meat­pack­ing District, 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. In­spired by Nicky’s love for these iconic lo­ca­tions,

Zim­mer­mann even col­lab­o­rated with Bri­tish eye­wear brand Cut­ler and Gross to de­sign five sun­glass styles to rep­re­sent the Zim­mer­mann girl in LA, Lon­don, Mi­ami, New York, and Syd­ney—sold ex­clu­sively at each of these lo­ca­tions.

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.” 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Har­bour, 305-866-0311; 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 (whose long­time fa­vorite travel des­ti­na­tion is the Magic City) makes fin­ish­ing touches be­fore the Fall/ Win­ter show.

LEFT: A sketch from the col­lec­tion. RIGHT: Zim­mer­mann will host its first-ever re­sort show in New York this sea­son, show­cas­ing the Spring/sum­mer col­lec­tion. BOT­TOM RIGHT: Mi­ami in­spired shades from the Zim­mer­mann X Cut­ler and Gross col­lec­tion.

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

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