Maria Cornejo has managed the difficult feat of appealing to uptown and downtown ladies alike, not to mention a very high profile FLOTUS. Her dresses are easy yet never sloppy, and manage to look luxe yet casual at the same time. Always draped perfectly, Cornejo loves to play with structure and fluidity, and her spring collection was a vision.
Cornejo's inspiration was urban structure and her prints are pulled from photos she took at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. A Bolivian devil, an African headdress, and even a workman setting up an exhibit became gorgeous, exuberant prints. In the show notes Cornejo described the proportions as "dorky and androgynous." Maybe, but they were the coolest dorks we've ever seen.
Cornejo's leather pieces seemed a little incongruous and heavy in the midst of the light and flowing collection. But bright acid colors--like the now-ubiquitous orange, highlighter yellow, and blue--looked just right. When turned out as an asymmetrical sleeveless yellow shift, you could imagine hitting a picnic in Central Park, then adding some heels and quirky accessories and heading out to dinner.
We have no doubt that women everywhere--from the White House to the West Village--will find something to love in this collection.