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Rose Byrne hosts a poolside dinner for Zimmermann

July 15, 2011 | 12:19 pm

Simone Zimmermann, Rose Byrne, Nicky Zimmermann
Zimmermann, the Sydney, Australia-based clothing company well-known for its fashion-forward swimwear and easy and colorful ready-to-wear, gathered a group of stylists and editors for a poolside dinner at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday evening. Atmosphere2

Host Rose Byrne (a fellow Aussie and longtime fan of the brand) hosted the intimate affair and
represented their light and airy aesthetic, clad in a white and tan paneled dress that she topped off with a 1960s-esque up-do reminiscent of a more relaxed Joan Holloway.

"Zimmermann is as Australian as the sun and the sand," said Byrne. "Growing up in Australia, I had always known about them and worn their clothes and swimwear."

Merritt Elliott, Simone Zimmermann, Emily CurrentThe brand has 15 standalone stores throughout Australia and last May opened its first store outside of its home country, landing right here on Robertson Boulevard, where the flowy dresses and relaxed sensibility of the line seem to resonate with Southern California shoppers, especially as the weather continues toward scorching. "We've had a strong response to the swimwear as well as the ready-to-wear in the new store," said Simone Zimmermann, managing director of the brand and sister of head designer Nicky Zimmermann.

The sisters certainly were their own best advertisement, wearing breezy frocks (Zimmermann, natch) that looked perfectly summery and natural with their sun-kissed complexions and barely there makeup.

--Melissa Magsaysay


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Photos: Top, Simone Zimmermann, Rose Byrne and Nicky Zimmermann

Right, guests at the dinner for Zimmermann gathered poolside at the Chateau Marmont.

Left, stylist and designer Emily Current, Simone Zimmermann and stylist and designer Merrit Elliott.

All photos by Donato Sardella