Like Dolce and Gabbana's Summer 2011 collection, Zimmerman's showing at RAFW was rife with lace and broderie anglaise. As a result, the collection took the demure theme doing the rounds and added both a point of difference from the silk incarnations we have been seeing, and an element of seductiveness.
Meadam Kirchhoff and Romance was Born (in particular), admired for their ability to bring socioally relevant issues into play with their design technique, have been playing with the unification of Eastern and Western elements of late, and Zimmerman combines the two with ease by utilizing an Eastern colour palette and silhouette with Western fabrics; Liberty florals, the aforementioned lace and tougher subtle leather additions. The Vine interviewed Nicky Zimmerman, and in explaining the collection notes this orientalism was somewhat coincidental: "it was more about using such pretty fabrics and laces and that sort of thing, the cap sleeves and collars were about sharpening them up and making them feel very contemporary."
Ultimately the interplay of both East and West and Tough and Demure evoked the kind of measured innocence that would make Phoebe Philo proud, while simultaneously referencing the women of Jodorowsky films and Nabokov novels alike.