Zero is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, andits Chilean designer, Maria Cornejo, said with characteristic positivitythe current mission is to "redefine" its identity: "We are concentrating on our own sense of peace and our roots, without getting caught up in the fashion madness."
Cornejo held her show on Bleecker Street in the gutted space that will be home to her new Zero boutique. Though the space is raw, the collection was anything but. It was a playful exploration of "madness in color." A vibrant nomadic print and a rainbow-striped angora topper were more successful, perhaps, than the experiments with color-blocked fluorescents. Wanting to keep things closer to the body, she did more classic tailoring than usual, offering suits and a number of great coats (a midnight-blue lacquered tweed one was especially striking). "My roots are in Latin America," Cornejo explained, "where color makes you feel alive."