May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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FLING WITH FEMININITY
New York: Known for ovoid silhouettes and asymmetrical shapes that stand away from the body, Maria Cornejo changed it up for Pre-Fall. The designer suggested that she had been toying with “a more feminine look.” This resulted in fluttery A-line dresses, silky blouses, and pleated skirts. Wide belts accentuated the waist, an area that Cornejo doesn’t typically give much emphasis. The designer did not give up her signature prints, however. This season’s selection included texture prints, striated animal motifs, blurry, abstract shapes, and even a photograph of Bob Marley, clipped, pixilated, and overlapping itself. Though the shapes were quite a departure for Cornejo, the collection retained her unique brand of low-key coolness, which has made her a favorite among fashionistas in New York and beyond. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Columnar / Cocoon / Asymmetrical
Color: Black / Cerulean / Ivory / Pewter / Yves Klein blue / Mulberry / Pumpkin
Key Items: A-line dresses / Cropped jackets / Fluid jumpsuit
Materials: Fluid silks / Chunky twill / Chiffon / Leather / Laminated reptile skin / Tweed
Print + Pattern: Oversized ikats / Texture prints / Striated animal prints / Pixilated Bob Marley photos / Blurry abstract shapes
Details + Trim: Gathering / Handkerchief hemlines / Notched hemlines / Pleats / Sheer/opaque piecing / Plunging V-necks
Accessories + Footwear: Long metal necklaces / Metal bangles / Half-circle wristlets / Metal-trimmed frame bags / Envelope clutches / Extra-wide belts / Strappy sandals / Ankle boots with cutouts at toe
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