Zimmermann has done it again, returning to Paris to showcase its Fall 2023 ready-to-wear collection, following its successful debut at Paris Fashion Week – in October 2022. This time around, the brand drew inspiration from Australian artist Rupert Bunny, known for his romantic, dreamy artwork from the turn of the last century.
Nicky Zimmermann, the brand’s creative director, explains her fascination with Bunny’s artwork, saying” “There is a glow, warmth and optimism to his work that is really appealing to me.” This glow, warmth, and optimism is evident throughout the collection, which features languid, luminous, and lush silhouettes and textures.
The collection is a refreshing portrait of a romantic wardrobe, with Bunny’s idyllic scenes playing out across floating skirts and draped dresses. Lingerie details are also evident in slip dresses, lace bodysuits, and floating sheer fabrics, all in sepia tones of dirty mustard, faded lilac, and macadamia.
Zimmermann’s signature dramatic proportions and generous flounce are dressed down and spliced up by layers of tweed, smooth chocolate leather, and cosy wool knits. Petite bralettes and wool bustiers are enveloped by wide-shouldered suiting and wrap-me-up doona jackets.
A particular focus on denim brings an intentionally easy attitude to dressing for the season. Breezy nightgown shirt dresses overlay Briny Blue stovepipes, and faded vintage washes are mixed and matched with intense ruffled knit-lace tops in peachy hues and draped minis. A double-breasted blazer completes an all-denim look, featuring custom hardware worn with embroidered cowboy boots.
The collection also features bouncy black evening dresses with embroidered poetry, simple and elegant LBDs, and a rich velvet sheath gown with an off-the-shoulder cream lace bodice that is equal parts indulgent and restrained. Shimmering tones contrast the black, shining in slinky lurex translucent prints, with gold and opal jewellery statements. Always buoyed in luminosity.
Zimmermann’s Fall 2023 ready-to-wear collection perfectly exemplifies the intersection of art and fashion.. With Bunny’s romantic and dreamy artwork as the muse, Zimmermann has created a collection that is both indulgent, and restrained.