Shop the interactive Zimmermann Resort 2022 collection as designer Nicky Zimmermann creates designs are sunnier and happier with optimistic, exuberant, mood-lifting clothes.
“Maybe they knew if I tried to do something else, it’d be bad,” Zimmermann said. What they recognized early on was that women would crave lightness and beauty in moments of unease, and that as the pandemic began to end, the demand for expressive, bold, “re-emerging” fashion would be greater than ever.
The collection puts emphasis on beachy, warm weather clothes and travel—in some cases, quite literally. Zimmermann stumbled upon James Northfield’s advertisements for Australian vacation spots in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, and worked with his estate to translate them into prints. Early in the lookbook, a ruched scarf dress features a postcard print made of multiple Northfield posters, while a button-down dress features a painterly landscape of Lorne, a surf town in Victoria.
The best looks resemble the souvenirs you might pick up on one of those trips: The opening dress was scattered with hand-placed 3-D flowers along the straps and bust, a bit like a deconstructed lei or the wildflowers you’d weave into your hair on the beach. Later on, a few minis were trimmed with long, swishy fringe threaded with seashells, a sultry, elevated spin on your usual beach finds.