Australian womenswear label Zimmermann, known for inventive swimwear and bohemian holiday wear, has launched its resort 2019 and resort swim collections in time for summer. And they’re good.

Broadsheet visited Byron Bay’s palm tree-lined Bower Hotel Byron Bay to see creative director Romy Frydman (StyleMeRomy) – who has worked closely with friend and founder Nicky Zimmermann on the last four collections – style and photograph Melbourne-born model Montana Cox in her favourite resort looks. “My favourite details this season are the fabrics and the use of softly dyed sheer cottons and sharp linens,” says Frydman, who adds the designs are more relaxed than the typical cocktail attire of previous seasons.

Finding a muse in American actress and ’70s fashion icon Anjelica Huston, Zimmermann’s ready-to-wear collection features flouncy silk-chiffon dresses; playsuits and jumpsuits; cotton and linen cover ups with rope belts; stretch-denim skirts; strapless dresses; and cotton T-shirts with scalloped necklines. It also marks the return of intricate boho textiles, such as macramé, which have recently resurfaced on runways around the world.

“I was inspired by all those amazing photos of Huston in the ’70s, mostly social photos of her out and about with Jack Nicholson,” said Zimmermann in an official statement. “She just exudes an energy of a woman walking to the beat of her own drum, strong and self-assured … the orchid in the hair or pinned on the lapel just so.”

The latest swimwear, signaling bottoms seem to be sitting higher on the waist each season, is made to slip seamlessly into a summer in the south of France. “It’s all about the one-piece this season,” says Frydman of designs that feature romantic scarves tied around the neck, shoulder or bust. And last season’s most popular print – polka dots – has cycled back onto tie-front bikinis.

“The flower corsage Cox is wearing in one of the shots underneath her neck plays on the collection’s muse – Huston,” Frydman says. “She was very sexy. She had this very relaxed, effortless look. It wasn’t overt. We tried to pull that into the shoot by opening up and loosening shirts and baring lots of skin and dewiness.”

The prints seem to get better season on season, this time spanning a retro spliced batik design, burnt-orange florals and garden prints including a repetitive orchid motif.

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