Chilean-born designer Maria Cornejo made a surprising, yet pleasant, showing at her Zero + Maria Cornejo Pier 57 ready-to-wear Spring 2013 show.
Though known more for her fuller, asymmetric silhouettes, Cornejo sent more structured pieces down the runway this week.
As WWD put it, “Cornejo continued to weave technology, nature and the handmade into her clothes.”
The macramé pieces in the collection were created in collaboration with a women’s co-op in Bolivia, and made of the fine hairs of baby Alpaca.
Below, one can see digital photo prints bring color to the collection’s otherwise, blue, black, gray, and white garments.
The Spring 2013 RTW collection was well-received, reportedly even bringing actor Mark Ruffalo and his wife to his feet as the designer came out for her bow.
Cornejo was born in Chile and moved to England was she was still a child. In 1984, she formed the Richmond-Cornejo label with English designer John Richmond. She went on to develop her own signature collection while working as a creative consultant for major retailers like Jesph, Tehen, and Jigsaw.
In 1996, she moved to New York and in 1997 opened a creative atelier and store. In 2006, Cornejo was honored as winner of the Fashion Prize at the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards.
Following continued success, in May 2006 Zero + Maria Cornejo opened its second store in New York’s far-West Village neighborhood and has most recently moved its Mott Street store to the home of its new store/showroom/atelier at 33 Bleecker Street, New York.