5 posts tagged "Zero by Maria Cornejo"
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.
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Monday, February 10
WHAT: “Year out.”—Maria Cornejo. The designer sent us a Fall ’14 inspiration image, above.
Sometimes, interning does pay. Go ask Alice Waese , the downtown New York-based jeweler and artist now debuting her elemental, delicate pieces—and a new series of her own drawings—at Zero + Maria Cornejo in Los Angeles. When she was 20, Waese moved from Toronto to New York to intern for Cornejo, then became her design assistant for three years. Now they’re collaborating on a one-day trunk show (June 8), after which Waese’s work will be sold in Cornejo’s L.A. boutique. “We have a similar aesthetic,” says Waese, “and we both work in pretty organic processes.”
Cornejo concurs. “It’s nice to support the people who helped you along,” says the designer, who will sell her pre-fall collection alongside Waese’s work at the trunk show. “Alice’s drawings, which I saw before I ever saw her jewelry, are very sensitive and beautiful.” The same goes for her jewelry—they both have a rough but pretty fragility to them. “The drawings and the jewelry inform each other. Repetitive patterning and details, or figures, will start in a drawing and then become a texture or concept for metal,” she explains. “Or, sometimes I’ll cast something without thinking too much about the raw material of the thing, and once it is transformed into precious metal I’ll see something in it that I want to draw.”
The drawings and the jewelry will both be on sale tomorrow, the drawings going for $1,000 each and her baubles ranging in price from $70 for brass bits to $40,000 for great, heavy gold pieces with raw diamonds. Waese, currently stocked at Hostem London and R.A.D. Toronto, will be sold in Manhattan, too, at the soon-opening Welcome Shoppe. Here, Style.com has a first look at Waese’s new work.
Maria Cornejo is taking her show on the road: She’s setting up a pop-up shop at Brachfeld Gallery in Paris from June 20 through July 11. Having won over Michelle Obama, Cornejo plans to charm the Gauls with “forever dresses” like the Foil model above, as well as a retrospective exhibition featuring highlights of her ten-year-old label. “The French don’t really know us,” Cornejo said. We’re sure they’ll be enchanted to make her acquaintance.
“I had no intention of getting back into fashion,” Maria Cornejo said, plastic cup of Champagne in hand, moments after her tenth anniversary show ended to major applause (and a few tears—Zero fans are a devoted lot) on Monday. “When I started on Mott Street, I thought I’d do some T-shirts and have a gallery space. Then I designed a few things and people bought them. Barneys wanted to order, and so did Colette.” For those looking for a shorthand history of the Zero look over the past decade, Cornejo conveniently divided the show into her major themes, including Shapes, Geometry, and the intriguingly named Chaos (the last was particularly apt—the knitwear arrived just hours before the first model stepped onto the runway, and the shoes, designed by regular Cornejo collaborator Eileen Shields, landed at JFK during Hurricane Hanna). “Fashion is such a boy’s club, and I was determined to do things on my own terms,” the designer says of her fluidly elegant, trend-resistant clothes. “The most rewarding things have been learning to trust my instincts and having people recognize that I have my own signature. And paying my mortgage—that’s been good. Also, I get an amazing clothing allowance.”