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Designer 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Yesterday evening at New York’s Rockefeller Center, artist Ugo Rondinone officially unveiled his latest project: a series of XXL stone sculptures entitled Human Nature, underwritten by the city’s Public Art Fund. Rondinone’s megaliths tower over the plaza’s western block—stoic sentries holding court in Midtown’s otherwise frenetic hive.
“The stone is from Pennsylvania,” the artist told Style.com, “the same site where all the sidewalk laid at Rockefeller Center comes from.” Engineered and stacked to impressive scale, Rondinone’s figures retain a singularly calming (if not alien) effect. “The human is a basic figure, and [the sculptures] are named after basic feelings,” he said. “The mood is to be reminded of our origins.”
Despite Manhattan’s unseasonably frigid twilight, friends and fans braved the windchill to show their support. “Other than the fact that it was freezing cold, it was incredibly beautiful,” said model-cum-actress-cum-artist Lily Cole. “I’ve been thinking about making furniture out of stone, so I was sort of in that frame of mind,” she added.
After the opening, guests such as Olympia Scarry, Sadie Coles, and Maria Cornejo headed to Monkey Bar, where Public Art Fund director Nicholas Baume told the oohing and ahhing crowd, “By the time the exhibition closes, some 20 million people will have seen these works.” Cornejo best captured the excitement. “It’s amazing to see them finished,” she said, having previously checked out the project’s models in Rondinone’s studio. “I think it’s joyful.”
Human Nature is free to the public and on view until June 7, 2013.