Provocative yet… colonial? Those seemingly contrasting themes summed up the vibe in Zimmermann’s spring lineup. Titled “Master and Mischief,” the show mixed the conservative — high, ruffled necklines, corset-like bodices and Victorian bib collars — with the disobedient, in the form of impossibly short, flouncy hemlines. Nicky Zimmermann derived inspiration from Ethel Turner’s 1894 novel “Seven Little Australians” about a group of mischievous siblings.
The lineup was nothing if not youthful, with lace-up backs and sheer embroidery showing plenty of skin. It was a strong vision executed boldly, but the flirty minidresses and rompers in floral and stripe motifs, a few embellished with black pearl beads, did feel a bit repetitive by the show’s end.