December 06, 2009
Maria Cornejo has menswear on the brain. The designer recently announced she's launching a line for the boys for Spring, and her pre-fall collection was peppered with masculine details like tailored tuxedo vests and sleek cropped trousers in suiting fabrics. She balanced these more androgynous shapes with signature Cornejo pieces: bubble-hem dresses, asymmetric-strapped blouses, and slouchy cotton pants. The earthy palette of mocha, olive, and ultramarine coordinated with her new prints, which were derived from broken pottery found in Istanbul, a leafy canopy in L.A., and pebbles washed in by the sea (all images originally snapped on the globe-trotting designer's iPhone). Other than the menswear elements, we were in familiar territory, but Cornejo's devoted fans will find plenty to like.