BEST DRESSED

De­signer Nicky Zim­mer­mann is rolling up her styling sleeves

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Syd­ney-na­tive Nicky Zim­mer­mann has been de­sign­ing for Aus­tralia’s most stylish cit­i­zens (think Mi­randa Kerr and Rose Byrne) for the bet­ter part of two decades. And now, her epony­mous la­bel, which touts luxe gar­den party-wear and ul­tra-feminine lace dresses has fi­nally landed in Canada at Holt Renfrew. Zim­mer­mann’s cur­rent col­lec­tion is in­spired by her free-spir­ited days in the ’ 80s. And be­fore you dis­miss the decade’s over-the-top style, the de­signer says the only way to wear it is with con­fi­dence. “It’s not about hav­ing rigid rules, but rather about un­der­stand­ing your­self and know­ing what you want.” Here’s how she rec­om­mends styling the stand­out pieces in her spring col­lec­tion. — Carly Ostroff

1. The lace dress “I’ve al­ways loved a beau­ti­ful white lace dress in a Vic­to­ri­ana-type styling,” says Zim­mer­mann. “You can wear it with com­bat boots for a tougher vibe.”

ZIM­MER­MANN DRESS, $2,600, HOLT RENFREW

2. The sheer blouse Zim­mer­mann likes in­vest­ing in a lacy, sheer top and styling it un­der dresses. “It’s a great piece to trans­fer into the next sea­son,” she says. “They look amaz­ing even un­der strap­less dresse dresses.”

ZIMMERMANNZIMME TOP, $1,170, HOLT RENFREWRENFR

3. The breezy skirt “I’m lov­ing long, printed Ge­org Ge­or­gette skirts with over­sized cash­merec sweaters,” says Zim­mer­mann,Z who sugge sug­gests adding white sneak sneak­ers for a ’70s ef­fect. ““It’s It’s a ver­sa­tile piece that can tran­sit tran­si­tion into va­ca­tion wear.”

ZIMMERMANNZIMME SKIRT $2,465, ZIMMERMANNWEAR.COMZIMME

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