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The 411: Maria Cornejo


Maria-CornejoDesigning wardrobe staples that also happen to be interesting is no easy feat. In fact, many would say that it’s an art mastered by a select few. Chilean-born, New York–based designer Maria Cornejo is certainly among them. Cornejo worked as a creative consultant for big-time retailers like Joseph and Jigsaw, and was one half of the design partnership Richmond Cornejo, before branching out to craft her eponymous line in the late nineties. A collection of fluid architectural silhouettes, many of them cut and draped from a solitary piece of fabric, is progressive minimalism at its very finest, and her singular aesthetic has earned her discerning devotees like Christy Turlington, Tilda Swinton, and even First Lady Michelle Obama. Nowadays Cornejo, who has freestanding stores in New York and L.A. and a lengthy list of retailers around the globe, calls Brooklyn home, where she lives with her husband, photographer Mark Borthwick, and their two children. Here, she divulges some of her favorite local spots and splurges.

Solitary Scent: Escentric Molecules 01
“I first smelled this on Tim Blanks. On men or women, it’s pretty irresistible. Even my animals love it! I think it becomes about the wearer, which is important for any fragrance.”
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The Essential Oil: Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment
“I have very thick hair and this product tames it down and makes it glossy.”
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The Makeup Guru: Dick Page
“Dick is a close friend and an amazing artist. We’ve been working together for years now, and I love collaborating with him. He always brings something fresh to the makeup. He also knows all my music references because we are the same age!”

The Wonderful Workout: Re:Ab Pilates
“I couldn’t avoid it for any longer because it’s right down the hallway from my studio. Instead of taking a lunch I usually run into Re:Ab for 45 minutes to take a class once a week. I also love the YMCA on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. There are lots of locals of all sorts (moms, dads, kids), and I really like to do the beginner’s yoga class, a.k.a. the ‘granny class’!”
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NYFW Survival Guide: The Beauty Edition


Between the nonstop shows, the potential for inclement weather, and a party schedule that can make you tired just looking at it, fashion week is an incredibly grueling seven days—no matter who you are. From makeup artists and designers to front-row regulars and street-style hopefuls, everyone needs a little pick-me-up when the Fall collections descend upon New York. Here, ten of our favorite insiders open up their makeup bags to reveal the beauty essentials that help brighten up even the darkest moments.

Photo: Scott Schuman / Courtesy of Garance Doré; George Chinsee

Zero + Maria Cornejo, The Cosmetics Bag


Maria Cornejo is best known for her sculptural silhouettes and a fan club that includes MObama, but she also happens to be something of a beauty buff. The Chilean-born designer admits to having a soft spot for skincare and hair products from Fresh, Red Flower, Korres, and Frédéric Fekkai, which is likely what provoked her most recent collaboration with Despite all of the pre-fashion week craziness, Cornejo found time to create a trio of travel cases for the online retailer’s ongoing designer bag series in an effort to better serve women who, like her, are on a quest to make their cosmetics comply with their busy lifestyles. Black mesh triangle and square satchels can be used alone or clipped onto a solid black circle case—which is lined in Cornejo’s signature Mad Shapes print and comes equipped with elastic supply straps for brushes, tools, etc. Utility aside, the gift set, which is free with orders of $100 or more, is packed with 16 product samples from brands like Origins, Caudalie, Phyto, and Borba, so you can have your Skin Balance Confections and eat them, too. Visit to get while the getting’s good.

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Christina Carey’s New York Diary


Cult Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido is looking to take over the lipstick category, or at least ruffle a few feathers with its vibrant new color and liner range created by the brand’s artistic director and fashion’s favorite makeup artist, Dick Page. The collection of Perfect Rouge lipsticks and Smoothing Lip Pencils will hit stores this February, but a celebration of grand proportions hit New York last night when a gaggle of beauty editors and industry regulars toasted Page at Splashlight Studios. Also in attendance was Australian model Christina Carey. The spokesmodel for the new brand was fresh off the first half of a global press tour that kept her in Tokyo until Saturday. caught up with Carey to get a sense of what it takes to be the “face” of a new makeup line. Here, a day in the life of the beauty from Down Under.

3:30 a.m.

Jet-lagged! I woke abruptly and felt wide awake because in Tokyo, the time would be 3:30 p.m. I’m kind of used to it now though as I went through a similar thing just a week ago when I arrived there.

9:30 a.m.

Early room-service breakfast and then I meet Hiroko, who works in the PR department at Shiseido headquarters in Tokyo, in the hotel lobby, for some interviews with various press. Today I’ll only have two interviews, which is nice and low-key in comparison to the Tokyo event, where I had around ten meetings over the course of a day. I will be interviewing with two editors I met at a dinner last night, who have flown from Australia and New Zealand for the NYC press event. The interviews evolve into a casual chat about how I started modeling, what my interests are, the skincare products I like, and how I feel about being chosen to be the new spokesmodel for Shiseido Perfect Rouge.

12:30 p.m.

Jet lag hitting me hard as Hiroko and I enjoy a well-earned enormous lunch at the hotel, which I follow with a quick power nap in my room for an hour.

2:30 p.m.

Hiroko and I meet downstairs and take a taxi to designer Maria Cornejo’s Lower East Side boutique, Zero. Maria, a friend of Dick’s, has kindly offered to provide outfits for all of the events for this press tour. We spend the next hour or so choosing an outfit for the event, as well as a couple of options for the Paris leg of the tour.

4:25 p.m.

After a quick dash back to the hotel to get changed into our newly chosen outfits, Hiroko and I meet to take a cab to the event location, even though it’s literally two blocks away (we had our heels on and were feeling a little too lazy to walk it!).

4:30 p.m.

We bump into Lady Bunny in the reception area, the DJ for the party, and we all go together upstairs to finish getting ready for the event, which is scheduled to commence at 6 p.m. There are many people up there already, busily setting up makeup displays, as well as the extensive catering and bar. Lady Bunny gets straight on the decks and soon the atmosphere transforms into much more of a party vibe than a work environment.

5 p.m.

Hair and Makeup touch-ups. Jenna, Dick’s assistant, kindly attends to my face, which is looking a tiny bit fatigued after my three hours of sleep last night. She does a lovely glowing finish on my skin and finishes with my favorite deep shade of Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Mystery (shade RD613), from the new line. A quick bit of hairspray and a shot with the hair-dryer and I’m ready!

6 p.m.

The night is a great success, as everyone happily wanders around chatting with one another and enjoying the kind services of Dick Page’s makeup team, who are working at the event and offering free rein of the new collection of lip colors.

11 p.m.

A few hours and numerous lipstick changes later, we have some cake to celebrate Dick’s birthday and then head back to the hotel for some rest. Tomorrow I leave for Paris to do it all over again!

Photo: Courtesy of Shiseido