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She’s best known for bathing suits. But we thought what the hell? Australian designer Nicky Zimmermann, who dresses Ashley Madekwe and showed her fall ’14 ready-to-wear collection (which is comprised of much more than just swimwear) at Lincoln Center on Friday — must be extra prepared for the arctic death zone that is New York City this week, despite calling warm, sunny Sydney home.
We caught up with the Aussie, who — along with her sister and business partner Simone — will open a namesake store in the Hamptons this summer, to find out how a warm weather creature braves the cold.
Pret-a-Reporter : It’s summer in Australia right now. It’s 28 degrees in New York. How are you handling the cold?
Nicky Zimmermann: It’s all a bit of a novelty, really. We have had the most lovely summer in Australia — it’s been hot and sunny day after day, so I’m, quite enjoying the chill of New York.
PaR: How romantic. What’s your cold weather uniform?
NZ: I bought a black shearling jacket with a giant fluffy collar and it’s keeping me covered day and night.
PaR: We forgot to pack socks and couldn’t feel our feet today. Are there any pieces in your fall/winter ’14 collection that you want to start wearing, like, right this second to stay warm? We spied one particular oversized chunky knit sweater dress that put stars in our eyes, for various reasons.
NZ: I love our big houndstooth coat we just showed. I tried to take the sample but all the sensible people in the business told me that it was needed elsewhere post show!
PaR: Can you offer our readers (and our own blood-thinned, California soul) one piece of sage advice for looking cute in arctic temps?
NZ: Make the bottom layer the best.
PaR: Thin cashmere underpinnings. Check. Last but not least, how do you plan on celebrating the end of summer in Australia?
NZ: I’ve got to go to London briefly before I go back to Sydney. When I get back it will be straight down to Camp Cove Beach for a swim with my kids.
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