Nicky Zimmermann is always finds something fabulous to inspire a collection. This season it’s a female spy. “I was thinking about the world of espionage and came across the story of Nancy Wake, who grew up in Australia, and later became a spy in Europe during World War II. Known as e White Mouse – because she was so hard to catch – Wake became a leading figure in the French resistance, assisting the escape of thousands of persecuted people and later working as an operative of the Allied forces. For me the work of a spy evoked a mood of subterfuge and sabotage. And this story really set off my imagination – a mysterious and brave woman, a chameleon who moves around in secrecy, strong and resilient, always so evasive so as never to be caught. I loved the idea of such a feminine, skilful and selfless figure – a woman who helped people in the most difficult of circumstances. Her story just sounded pretty amazing to me and was a rich source of inspiration for the collection.”
Love a badass woman. And so what would Nancy Wake wear today? A Zimmermann uniform of frothing ruffles and rose and peony printed dresses, berets perched and tilted, meaning business and leather trench coats. Jodphur trousers and jackets are practical for Nancy and big sleeves on swirling and swelling mini dresses are for celebrating victories. That Zimmermann drama. Yep, she’s powerful.
by Roxy Lola