EXCLUSIVE - All RoundMandatory Credit: Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9860744u)Hilary Rhoda, Nicky Zimmermann, Georgia FowlerExclusive - Zimmermann Celebrates Spring 2019 Pre-Show Dinner, New York, USA - 04 Sep 2018

The weather in New York proved rather Aussie-like for Nicky Zimmermann on Tuesday evening, as she welcomed guests to La Mercerie for a dinner in celebration of her upcoming collection, to be shown this NYFW.

“I actually quite like [the humidity],” the designer said, from inside the restaurant during cocktail hour. “It makes your skin all nice. I’m not for winter at all. I like winter for maybe two weeks.”

Zimmermann was joined by her sister, Simone, as well as Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Hilary Rhoda, Georgia Fowler, newly engaged Micaela Erlanger, Athena Calderone, Anh Duong and Casey Fremont Crowe, off a busy summer that included opening a store in Saint Tropez.

Other summertime travel for Zimmermann included time in Puglia, Positano and London.

“I come home nearly two months before the show, and I just work every weekend. Every Saturday, Sunday, my whole team; we just get ready to go to New York and then everyone is still working intensely in Sydney, sending samples over,” she said of prepping for her NYFW show, her eighth year showing in New York.

EXCLUSIVE - All RoundMandatory Credit: Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9860744h) Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Hilary Rhoda Exclusive - Zimmermann Celebrates Spring 2019 Pre-Show Dinner, New York, USA - 04 Sep 2018

Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Hilary Rhoda  Neil Rasmus/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

As for how she and the team will celebrate when it’s all said and done?

“We have a lovely time. The show is at 12 and then we go straight to a lovely lunch,” she said. “I think we’re going to a beautiful restaurant in TriBeCa. We’ve got the whole restaurant, myself and the team. I give the girls presents and we have a nice Champagne lunch together. And then we have a party. And we’ll do that somewhere where it can be a bit crazy.”

Being part of NYFW is a thrill for the designer, though she does admit it comes with its challenges.

“It’s quite a thing to do a show when you’ve come from a different country. I’m here without the rest of my staff; it’s a little more intense,” she said. “But I love it. I look forward to it every time.”

EXCLUSIVE - All RoundMandatory Credit: Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9860744dc) Micaela Erlanger Exclusive - Zimmermann Celebrates Spring 2019 Pre-Show Dinner, New York, USA - 04 Sep 2018

Micaela Erlanger  Neil Rasmus/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

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