She may not be a household name (yet), but Maria Corenjo has certainly won over the fashion crowd as much for her easy, practical and stylish designs as for her exuberant and sweet personality. Case in point: Industry bigwigs like Anne Slowey (with her adorable, half-naked baby), Waris Ahluwalia, and Shalom Harlow were all in attendance, along with the requisite downtown cool kids.
Like last season, abstract prints featured heavily for fall 2012--something Ahluwalia would certainly be happy about. "I like [Maria]'s prints, particularly," he told us before the show. "I remember last season they were so kick-ass."
The prints this season were also, to borrow a line from Waris' vocabulary, pretty "kick-ass," with graphic monochromatic patterns covering skirts and sweaters, a blue/black/grey abstract print on dresses, and, our favorite, a technicolor tie-dye wash, which adorned the silkiest looking evening pieces. The prints were super pretty, and utterly sophisticated so we were surprised to learn that they all evolved from pictures Maria took on her camera phone, which were subsequently manipulated in Photoshop. Cool.
Other highlights included a quartet of citrus-yellow hued garments, buttery grey leather pants, and a series of looks which included texturized, and structured garments in black and white stripes.