Posts for February 15th 2011
>> “I am always energized by the inspiring individuals around me, and I realized that the greatest luxury is to have freedom to express one’s own point of view,” said Maria Cornejo. For her Fall 2011 Zero + Maria Cornejo collection, displayed in a stark white studio in Chelsea (complete with a drum-heavy jungle beat mixed by Scott Mou), the designer exemplified her unique point of view through a number of twist and turns. In addition to her signature modern architectural pieces — this time in the form of simple sharp jackets, subtle drape dresses, culottes, and a re-worked China-red cocoon cut coat from her earlier archives — the designer pushed the envelope a bit further, introducing pressed boucle hoods, leather shirts, geometric effect skirts, and metallic jackets. Hand-knitted alpaca “pods,” fur and hair prints, along with a graphic book print dress — inspired by a friend’s house — added a softer, playful feel to her vision.
But Cornejo’s collection wasn’t all about the looks: the designer used eco-friendly techniques and textiles whenever possible. Leather was colored with vegetable dye, alpaca yarn was left in its natural state, and there was even a fabric made out of recycled cassette tape. Standouts from Cornejo’s accessories collection, made in collaboration with Eileen Shields, included a pair of copper boots, along with horsetail necklaces and a bold straw-embellished cuff designed by Saltalamacchia.
Jen Kao Puts Up a Psychedelic Collection Filled With Acid Rainbow Hues and Aquatic Fringe For Fall 2011
>> Jen Kao has quite the cult following and the list only seems to be growing: Ally Hilfiger was spotted sitting front and center in addition to Sarah Rutson, who went backstage to congratulate Kao after the show. For Fall 2011, the designer took us on a psychedelic adventure — quite the departure from her beachy Spring 2011 line — filled with vibrant fringe, aerial planetary prints, and multi-colored fur. “I think that appearance-wise, it might seem like an acid trip,” Kao told the WSJ, post-show. “But I was inspired by finding images that were non-specific, whether they were underwater or space or something you can’t quite place.”
The collection was vibrant, as Kao experimented with rich hues of green, teal, blue, purple, orange, and yellow — along with more muted colors such as grey and ink. Sharp shouldered printed blazers, colored fringed dresses, iridescent flared pants, shimmering lurex leggings paired, and purple satin platform boots all eluded to a Ziggy Stardust — David Bowie was party of the runway soundtrack — meets Avatar vibe. Furthermore, stylist Keegan Singh finished off the looks with gold eyebrows, funky satin platform boots, and peacock fingertips. “I think it’s a really fine line, especially with this collection,” said Kao. “I wanted to be as fun and as free as I could be, but if I have one weakness, it’s figuring out what to edit.” And the fun didn’t stop there: Kao’s after party at the Bowery Hotel kept everyone on the same cerebral wavelength with face-painting and even a bounce house.