The athleisure trend is showing no clear signs of waning. And why should it? With health and fitness an increasing priority for young Australians, there's never been more luxe sportswear and ingenious streetwear collaborations options on offer.
That's why the latest stylist addition to the lifestyle-wear category needs little introduction. Already a staple of many an Aussie girl's wardrobe, Zimmermann has just released a collaboration with online retail juggernaut Net-a-Porter. Off the back of last's year's athleisure capsule range, Zimmermann's blend of sportswear design touches with modern fabrication returns for a second year running.
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Intentionally designed as a "cross between traditional sports and leisurewear", the exclusive 12-piece collection features athetic-inspired separates like bikinis, one pieces, flirty A-line skirts, bomber jackets and even a funnel-neck court dress. According to Nicky Zimmermann, one half of the design duo, "there are some similar details [to] our most recent Fall ready-to-wear collection, but mostly it's influenced by boxing references."
"We found some vintage boxing trunks at [London's] Portobello Markets which had this great silhouette - that unusually high-waisted shape, clinched in at the waist and really short in length," she says. After looking at vintage lace-up boxing gloves and ringside robes, the capsule collection really began to take shape. "We were thinking about a cool girl who'd raided an old rundown boxing gym," explains Zimmermann.
The boxing theme is most evident in their white one piece swimsuit (a fave of Nicky's), which bears a striking braided panelling down the sides and is the perfect blend of sports-inspired details with sleek functionality. The choice of fabrications has also been kept thoroughly modern and high-tech - nylon parachute, matte lycra and scuba fabrics ensure the pieces have a durability that is central to the sports-luxe look. "Everyone seems to wear their sportswear as weekend wear these days, which is something I have mixed feelings about!" laughs Zimmermann. That said, we reckon the capsule collection is the most stylish antidote to leggings and trainers at brunch if we ever saw one.
The Zimmermann capsule collection is available from July at net-a-porter.com.