Clowning Around with Zimmerman’s Spring ’14 Collection

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week wrapped up in New York yesterday. Over the last eight days designers have been debuting their collections for spring 2014 down the runway.  Since I wasn’t there to see the fashion shows myself, I got my fix by flipping through Women’s Wear Daily, reading their runway rundowns, and scrolling through’s almost-instant front-row photo summaries.

Also included in WWD’s daily paper were the ideas & concepts that inspired designers during the creation of their most recent collections. I found myself, first, making note of a designer’s inspiration, then reviewing the runway photos before reading a recap of their collection. I challenged myself to see if I could identify how the designer took their initial inspiration and translated it into cloth creations. Here, you try it…

Australian designer, Nicky Zimmerman, made her first appearance at New York fashion week with her label, Zimmerman.

The Inspiration:

Zimmerman Inspiration SS14 001

The Collection:

Zimmerman SS14 (1) Zimmerman SS14 (2) Zimmerman SS14 (3) Zimmerman SS14 (4) Zimmerman SS14 (5)

The Review:

Entitled “Ringmaster”, Zimmerman’s collection had a circus theme.  Zimmermann interpreted the notion quite literally, with playful pleats, creative cuts, dramatic diamond patterns, billowy silhouettes and bold black-and-white “mascara” print (a play on melting stage makeup) into several looks. Zimmerman’s collection didn’t come across as too costumey and I see how many of the pieces could actually make their way into mainstream every day wear – good, considering most of us don’t typically don clown clothes on a daily basis :)

Were you able to see the ‘circus theme’ throughout this collection? Would you wear any of these clothes? Or do you think they’re better off staying in Bozo’s closet?


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