Zero + Maria Cornejo


New York: One knows what to expect from Maria Cornejo – drape-y dresses with a minimalist feel – and she always delivers, but for Pre-Fall, the designer branched out with soft tailoring, Asian influences and striking prints. Perhaps inspired by the many Asian references that appeared on the S/S 11 runways, Cornejo opened her collection with a kimono-inspired jacket wrapped with an obi belt. Wide sleeves and origami-like folds further contributed to the Asian theme. Though dresses – some in of-the-moment longer lengths – were the foundation of the collection, the designer also offered blazers and carrot-shaped pants with exaggerated front pleats that were offered in a textural hammered silk and crisp cotton suitings. Big polka dots were quirky and fun, but prints made from blurry photos taken on Cornejo’s iPhone stole the show. Reminiscent of her photographer husband Mark Borthwick’s work, the images were warm and dreamy. These fresh elements brought new life to her signature pieces and are sure to excite the designer’s devotees.

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