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39 posts tagged "Maria Cornejo"

The Split-Second Preview: Zero + Maria Cornejo

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The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

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WHO: Zero + Maria Cornejo

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Monday, February 10

WHAT: “Year out.”—Maria Cornejo. The designer sent us a Fall ’14 inspiration image, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Maria Cornejo

Eco-Fashion Challenge: Accepted

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Amber VallettaOn the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, it’s only appropriate that the Council of Fashion Designers of America should turn its attention to the environment. At a New York luncheon yesterday, the CFDA and Lexus announced the winners of the Eco-Fashion Challenge—an annual event that rewards designers for their environmentally responsible fashion. “It’s only the tip of the iceberg,” said Amber Valletta, who, wearing a Daniel Silverstein dress cut from zero waste, predicted that there will be a major shift in eco-friendly design in another five years. “It’s necessary, responsible, and economical. Luxury is about being thoughtful and sustainable from the beginning.”

Guests including Coco Rocha, Steven Sebring, Maria Cornejo, and Steven Kolb filed into ABC Kitchen for the affair. Over shared plates of locally sourced crab toast and braised mushroom, they applauded top winner Natalie “Alabama” Chanin for her organic, handcrafted wares. “Hand embroidery is very engrained in rural communities in America,” Chanin said. She pointed to the hand-sewn skirt from her namesake label that she was wearing, explaining how she sources the organic cotton from Texas, then has it processed and dyed in North Carolina before it’s sewn by Alabama artisans.

The selection committee, which included Valletta, fashion consultant Julie Gilhart, and CFDA’s Lisa Smilor, among others, also gave awards to Mark Davis for his jewelry, and SVILU’s Britt Cosgrove and Marina Polo for their environmentally sound, understated womenswear.

Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Versace and the Haas Brothers Strike Gold

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Nikolai Haas and Simon Haas

“I was shaking,” said Simon Haas of the first time he met Donatella Versace. Clearly, he and brother Nikolai have gotten over their initial nerves, because last night at Versace’s Soho store, the designers celebrated their second capsule for the house. Displayed in all its gilded glory, the range of homewares and fashion objects (available starting today) was no doubt worthy of the Versace name. A golden honeycomb and Medusa iPhone cover was a hit among guests (the brothers made matching compact mirrors, cigarette cases, and lighter holders, too), and the black and gold shackle cuffs, clutches, and belts; Medusa-pendant chains; and clever tie clips looked as though they could walk down Donatella’s runway. On the objet d’ art front, there were leopard statuettes in exotic colors, and rounding out the offering was an assortment of printed T-shirts covered in a mélange of Versace iconography. “The [black and gold] one was actually just the cover of our presentation,” said Simon, “but Donatella loved it so much that she told us it had to be a T-shirt. She’s the most supportive, visionary person ever.”

After the cocktail party, the likes of Waris Ahluwalia, Michael Avedon, Patrick Li, and Maria Cornejo headed to the Mercer Kitchen for an intimate dinner. And considering guests are always late to fashion fetes, it was somewhat surprising that nearly all the invitees turned up promptly at 8:30. “Of course, everyone’s on time,” said Cornejo, laughing, who just returned from an emotional trip to her native Chile. “They’re on time because there’s food!”

Photo: Getty Images

Designer Diary: Maria Cornejo’s Postcard From Chile

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Dairy InstertDesigner Maria Cornejo was only 11 years old when she and her family left Chile for Manchester, U.K. Now based in New York, Cornejo had not been back to her hometown for thirteen years. So when the country’s oldest newspaper, El Mercurio, invited her back to show her Spring ’14 collection, she jumped at the chance to visit. Here, the designer shares the details of her trip exclusively with Style.com.

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I was invited to present my Spring ’14 collection in Santiago, Chile, by the newspaper El Mercurio to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their magazine Revista YA. Having not been back to the country where I was born since I was a child, I jumped on the opportunity. Many of my relatives still live down there and it was a chance to come back with my two brothers, Rodrigo and George, and our sister, Rosa.

Chile has changed so much over the last few years and even more so from when I left as a young child. They have a thriving new economy, an emerging art scene, gorgeous parks, and can boast the tallest skyscraper in South America. As you can imagine, I was kept quite busy prepping for the show; however, there was some free time to sneak in a couple of sightseeing adventures with my team. The real attraction in Chile is its incredible nature. You can be at the beach, then the mountains, then the desert all in one day. In all, it was a very emotional but inspiring and grounding trip. Chile will always have my heart.

Printing Press

We arrived in Santiago and immediately went into castings at the headquarters of El Mercurio (our generous hosts for the week). It was a long day, but the room had views of their gardens outside and of their original printing press. El Mercurio is the oldest newspaper in Latin America and this amazing machine is their first machine.

The view from the top of Cerro San Cristobal

We had the morning free so we decided to climb to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal to check out the amazing views of the city. This cerro (meaning “hill”) is the second highest point in Santiago.

El Mercado Central

Checking out El Mercado Central for fresh seafood. I ate one of the best crabs I’ve ever had there! Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Maria Cornejo’s Postcard From Chile” »

The Split-Second Preview: Zero + Maria Cornejo

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The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.

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WHO: Zero + Maria Cornejo , designed by Maria Cornejo

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Monday, September 9

WHAT: “Mirage.”—Maria Cornejo. The designer sent us a Spring inspiration image, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Zero + Maria Cornejo