Gone are the days of DIY for Nicky Zimmermann — as her brand has become a cult favorite with vintage- and beach-loving girls worldwide — and yet that didn’t stop her from taking her spring collection on a reminiscent journey back to Stranded, her and her friends’ club of choice in Sydney, Australia in the Eighties. “It’s kind of my take on the Eighties, because where I grew up was kind of isolated to the subcultures that were happening — it was a bit more parody,” she explained. In her show notes, she offered details: “We made everything ourselves; it was more about expressing yourself. We ripped up tutus, we stole dad’s shirts, found old pieces of lace. We tied, we tattered, tangled and frayed.”
On the runway, the results were much more polished than in her club days, but one could see the unexpected mixtures of fabrics — “We wanted to take bits and pieces,” she said of the concept — in the dress done in two different plaids with lace sleeves and a tassel detail. Or the antique striped ruffled-bodice dress that looked as if it were worked into sheer fabric. But Zimmermann also showed plenty of her more straightforward signature looks: simply pretty lace frocks under floral dusters, corselette dresses in pretty pastel prints, and tiered skirts worn with lace-up bodices. It was all youthful, romantic and very now.