Zimmermann: swimwear not just for swimming

Zimmermann‘s Spring 2010 swimsuits are the kind you want to have in your wardrobe for every occasion that’s not swimming… because the only time they should ever get wet is from other people’s bitter tears of jealousy that they don’t also own one.

Far from your beachy-Aussie-girl colourful string bikinis and practical one-pieces, Zimmermann’s swimwear gems were like vintage lingerie reimagined into high-waisted, multi-tiered stretch lycra goodness. Classic, yet ultimately sleek and modern. Tops where sashed and tied or structured like vintage strapless bras and bodices; bottoms came above the navel.

And while Zimmermann raised the swimsuit bar with their RAFW (Australian fashion week) show, that was far from all. A fresh take on cut away dresses – cage-like outer layers peeping through into secondary ones of contrasting prints – were daring yet saleable, and patterned pants in floral prints were bang-on trend.

Graphic prints played to traditional artistic views of perspective and the horizon, forming the collection’s title of Vanishing Point. Despite the calculated workings behind the lines and prints, silks flowed like liquid and colours were the epitome of femininity with lilac and sherbet tones taking centre stage ahead of nudes and the odd splash of acquamarine.

If you get the chance to check out Zimmermann’s Spring 2010 range in person, do – the little details are better in real life. For the next best thing, click on the gallery below to view the full runway coverage from RAFW 2010.