Zero + Maria Cornejo
September 10, 2012 New York
There was other news in an abstract graffiti-inspired print and in stretchy leather separates in dust blue. But Cornejo's not a designer who shies away from revisiting old favorites. A jumpsuit from her Fall collection got an update in a graphic woodblock print, and the leather bolero cropped high underneath the arms was not unlike the broken-in one Maria herself was wearing. When something works, it works. For several seasons now, Cornejo has been manipulating her own iPhone pictures for prints; this season she turned a photo of crop circles snapped from the window of a plane into a jacquard that she used for a pantsuit and matching tote bag. It was unapologetically bold. In contrast, there were an unembellished white suit and a pair of airy white dresses in what the program notes called "Italian crafted web embroidery." They were gorgeous, and when Cornejo came out for her bow hand in hand with the models who wore them, Mark Ruffalo and his wife jumped up to give her a cheer. Not a bad seal of approval.