“Nostalgia is something that feels good at the moment,” Nicky Zimmermann expressed over the phone. For her fall collection, the designer wanted to invoke the feeling with optimism and playfulness, looking to the 1970s and ’80s Australian music television show “Countdown” as inspiration.

“You can tie a song into a wonderful memory. Be it a great summer holiday, wedding or birthday. I know whenever I travel, there’s always one song that’s, ‘that summer song’ and you never forget it. When you hear that song, it reminds you of that time; I think for me, with the clothing and the music together is something that’s really important. It’s a motive that feels good.”

Within the garments, Zimmermann brought forth elements reminiscent of the eras in a modern way. Vibrant, campy motifs inspired by retro band posters were printed atop signature feminine frocks and blouses — the collection’s main, hand-painted and printed artwork incorporated sketches of cassette and record players, the word “Sunday,” stars and musical Pop Art. Suiting came in playful, monochromatic colors or retro plaid, layered with striped or motif-emblazoned turtlenecks and button-ups. Colorful, vibrant and full of fun, the pieces were further elevated through ample texture and embellishments. Custom crystal buttons on modern shirts; laser-cut discs and gold netting on gowns; voluminous crinoline bubble hems on skirts.

Fall also displayed Zimmermann’s commitment to rounding out her label through evolved separates: knits, outerwear (standout in patent leather) and the introduction of denim. Whether mixed with velvet panels or cut in sharp, waisted styles, each piece — which the designer referred to as “ready-to-wear denim” — upheld the brand’s sophistication and polish while bringing a balance to her flirty blouses. 

Set against an LED screen backdrop playing black-and-white scenes of young Australian musicians performing their original music, the collection’s runway film evokes both the feelings of nostalgia and optimism to regain normalcy, where new memories of dressing up and dancing lie ahead.

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