10 posts tagged "Zero Maria Cornejo"
Last night, Maria Cornejo and husband Mark Borthwick hosted an event at Cornejo’s Bleecker Street store for the T-shirts and tanks they created together to benefit Japan. They’re far from the only ones. Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Anna Sui, and Opening Ceremony have all created for-the-cause tees, too, proceeds from which go to Japanese relief and rebuilding. Spend generously.
Top: Tory Burch tee, $29, ToryBurch.com; Opening Ceremony tee, $30, OpeningCeremony.us.
Bottom: Anna Sui tee, $20, AnnaSui.com; Ralph Lauren polo, $98, RalphLauren.com.
For the Birds of New York, that is. In addition to its usual trove of Zero + Maria Cornejo, Brooklyn’s three Bird boutiques (in Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill) will be carrying an exclusive piece created especially for the store. The shift (left) was inspired by Cornejo’s trip to Turkey last year: The punchy, geometric print was informed by fabric she picked up in Istanbul’s frenetic Grand Bazaar. She warmed up the original palette for the holidays, opting for rich red, but the shape is quintessential Cornejo. “It’s a signature dress,” the designer told Style.com. “It’s the dress I love—a classic Zero shape.” This is Cornejo’s first collaboration with Bird—the idea was friend and owner Jen Mankins’—but she digs the concept. “More and more I’m into working on special relationships with people,” she said. “It makes sense right now.”
The limited-edition dress (and we do mean limited: Each store has one size apiece), which retails for $520, gets a welcome party tonight at Bird’s Williamsburg outpost from 6 to 9 p.m. And, for an added holiday bonus, proceeds from the sale of the dress, as well as the evening in general, will go to Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the victims of domestic violence victims and their children.
Bird, 203 Grand St., between Bedford and Driggs avenues, (718) 388-1655, www.shopbird.com.
Like most women, Zero designer Maria Cornejo has had some trouble over the years finding a swimsuit that’s well designed, flattering, and practical. What’s a designer to do but design them herself? This week, Cornejo’s first swimsuits debut—first at a private event Thursday night, then on sale to the public Friday—just in time for beach season. The eagle-eyed may recognize some of the pieces from the label’s Fall ’10 show, where bikini tops were shown as layering pieces with skirts and trousers. But here, Style.com’s got your first peek at the suits as they’re destined to be worn on the shoreline. “The biggest challenge was having to get creative with very specific small areas of the body and fabric,” Cornejo said of her first attempt at swim. “I’m used to the opposite. But I love the beach and spend as much time as possible by the water, and I hadn’t found a swimsuit that I really loved. So…” Problem solved.
I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but despite working at Style.com and spending long days and many nights in front of my computer, I don’t love online shopping. I prefer the up-close experience of my favorite stores—Zero + Maria Cornejo, Aloha Rag, and No.6. How, say, a jodhpur jumpsuit in Sim jersey with grosgrain straps and ori pockets feels and fits are just as important as how it looks, and those qualities are sometimes difficult to capture on a Web site. Underwear is a different story. I like what I like and what I like is Araks’ simple, delicate cotton lingerie. So I’m pretty thrilled that designer Araks Yeramyan opened an online shop this week at www.shop.araks.com. “It’s like having a store,” Yeramyan told me. “I’ll be able to see where things are going, what’s selling well, and quickly respond.” She better stock up on her Antonia bralette, because I’m planning to buy in bulk.