She limited herself to four colors, but kept the outfits interesting by juxtaposing fabrics like Ultrasuede and charmeuse. Even when the jolts of red came out, in a gently ruched dress, a stretch mini, and a pair of cotton shorts, they seemed more studied than outright sexy. Cornejo’s proportions owe a debt to Japan in general, and designers like Issey Miyake in particular, but she puts her own stamp on things by way of body-conscious cuts and modern fabrics.
Spring 2004 Ready-to-Wear
Zero + Maria Cornejo
September 13, 2003 New York
Maria Cornejo designs for women who prefer sleek and spare over pretty and perky, and her cool, even-tempered Spring collection was a refreshing counterpoint to the season’s plethora of lace and ruffles. Cornejo opened with a series of clean, narrow dresses and skirts in black and white jersey, gently enlivened with inserts and sashes made from pale blue silk.
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