Resort has long since been a season about vacation wear, but for Zimmermann, a brand with occasion dressing and fanciful swim at its core, drawing on fabulous vacation homes of yore — the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, Calif., for one — makes complete sense. “We looked at beautiful pictures of women in the Fifties at gorgeous resorts,” said Nicky Zimmermann. “I loved how polished and elegant they were on holiday.”
From there, she churned out a lovely collection of soft, undeniably feminine vacation-ready pieces. Nothing was basic, though the lineup was split between the easy — striped wide-leg pants and tunics; filmy tiered beach skirts and a crisp off-the-shoulder poplin blouse — and the thoughtfully novel. In that bracket, there was much to make a girl stand out at an event, such as playful bralettes and shorts in tropical printed silk viscose twill; a golden bias-cut slip jumpsuit; a white cotton organdy shirt dress with circular lace inserts; and sturdy technical swimsuits with floral embroidery inspired by retro bathing caps. Zimmermann’s fabric choices were impeccable, all gentle but sturdy with great movement, and she was smart about her construction, using her swimwear know-how on the built-in bra/corset construction of a halter dress, and lining sheer printed pieces with matching printed slips.