Chilean-born fashion designer Maria Cornejo knows full well what a difference a few years can make. She describes herself as a former fashion victim - though we say she's got it now - and today she finds herself dressing Michelle Obama, Tilda Swinton and Sofia Coppola. Her collection Zero + Maria Cornejo, which started as a retail concept, quickly became a insider top pick for its in-tune-with-reality architecture and uncomplicated sophistication.
Next spring will give Cornejo a chance to capitalize on her appeal; she'll launch menswear, swimwear and accessories all in one season. The menswear pieces were previewed at the Zero + Maria Cornejo Spring/Summer 2010 runway show, and judging on that selection of pieces (most of which could have gone unisex) we can expect comfortable chic for the guys, too.
This week, Cornejo invites The Fash Pack into her New York studio, on Bleeker and Bowery for you locals.