“For this resort season I wanted to create a collection that had a real sense of joy and escape,” explained creative director Nicky Zimmermann pre-show. “Looks that embodied all those great feelings and memories of a wonderful holiday - the anticipation, excitement, fun and laughter.”
This wasn’t a great Australian edit of denim cut-offs and cutesy bikini tops though, but an elevated sojourn suitcase: there were floaty full-skirted dresses beautifully embellished with fabric flowers; hand-painted co-ord sets; breezy linen shirting, the crispest white sailor pants and a look-at-me tomato red suit. Accessories also starred, from crocheted raffia bucket hats to pearlescent wedge heels and woven loafers, and golden chain belts and necklaces fluttering with seashell charms.
Notably, the label incorporated artworks by James Northfield, whose Australian travel posters were iconic in the ’40s and ’50s; his vibrant holiday prints, including a vision of Victoria’s surf town Lorne, were splashed on belted minidresses, silk slips and carry-all totes.
The models, led by “super” Gemma Ward, streamed out for the finale in a cascade of stunning ombre colour, reminiscent of the perfect summer sunset. They walked slowly and serenely, setting the pace for the vacation we all need. Don’t forget to send a postcard!