Did you need another reason to love the First Family? Because here it is: First Lady Michelle Obama busting out old school dance moves like the running man (and newer ones like the Dougie) in Zero + Maria Cornejo at Alice Deal Middle School in DC. She stopped by last minute to watch students perform the dance from Beyonce's "Let's Move Flash Workout!" video set to the pop star's Move Your Body--and then she joined in herself, because she's that awesome (and ABC caught the whole thing). Beyonce's video is part of the First Lady's "Let's Move!" campaign to combat childhood obesity. And I have to confess, this video is extra special to me because Mrs. O is at my old middle school (nothing that cool ever happened when I was there). Still, go Deal Vikings! And go Mrs. O for somehow looking cool while doing the Dougie in Zero + Maria Cornejo.
Zero + Maria Cornejo Keeps It Clean
Maria Cornejo's press release for her Spring/Summer 2011 collection seemed complicated and even overwrought. Cornejo said she'd been "exploring the idea of cultural displacement" and the release mentioned the "push-pull of an ocular lense" and "an illusion of structure with plissed angles." I don't know what a "plissed angle" is or how clothes can reflect the "push-pull of the ocular lense," but I do know that when the actual clothes came down the runway, they were anything but complicated and overwrought. They were simple and graceful and classic Cornejo. When I picture the girl who wears Zero + Maria Cornejo, she is someone I envy. She's international, probably in the art world, maybe a gallerist with galleries in Barcelona and London, or a sculptor who spends half the year on an island in Greece and the other half in New York. Her style is effortless but reflects her worldliness and creativity and appreciation for art.