She may not be a household name, but Maria Cornejo has certainly built a loyal fan base among some of fashion's most elite players, many of whom, like Jenna Lyons, Courtney Crangi and Stefano Tonchi, were on-hand to celebrate the designer's Fall 2013 collection on Monday. There may have been more remarkable collections to walk the runway this week--but no crowd has cheered as loud as Cornejo's when the designer took her bow a the end of the show.
It's easy to see why Cornejo has such a following: Season after season she delivers her signature mix of digital prints, technical fabrics, and urban-cool separates. She's nothing if not consistent. This season there were all those things to satisfy the die-hard Zero fans, and a few other highlights for newcomers: red leather pants, and evening looks done up in a shiny basketweave material in either red or black. The latter were some of my favorite looks in the show, especially a strapless peplum top paired with loose trousers, and a long sleeve dress with a plunging neckline. It was eveningwear for the fashion set who want to standout--but not be the center of attention.