February 08, 2003
Maria Cornejo came out of her shell for fall, showing her most focused, confident collection to date. Her mantra? Sleek, neat, chic. Inspired by Blade Runner, the pieces showcased the designer's tailoring skills. Cornejo offered a fresh variation on the traditional jacket and skirt combination by streamlining vests and skirts. Many of her dresses and jackets had interesting geometric or cape-like sleeve details that lightly referenced both sci-fi and the '80s without veering into kitsch. Likewise, hooded and cocoon jackets worn over slim-as-legging pants evoked the artfulness of Geoffrey Beene and early Comme des Gar¿ons rather than Barbarella. Cornejo enlivened her serious palette of black and grey with ivory and neon green, and strict tailoring was offset by a riff of draped dresses. While zippers and hoodies added a note of sportiness, Cornejo's sophisticated coats summed up the discipline and sophistication of the collection as a whole.