Foresight is 20/20 at Maria Cornejo’s first show of the next decade

With only months to go before we leave the 2010’s, Maria Cornejo is in the mood for a fresh start. Putting on her Spring/Summer 2020 show atop The High Line park in New York City, she envisioned a warm, comfortable world for the loyal legions of women who make up her base.

Simple it might have felt, but the patternmaking was sublime. A ruff topped one elevated T-shirt, bringing the Elizabethan times to the present. Another touch, accordion-pleated sleeves, curved down the arms like paper fans.

Focusing on a new silhouette: rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and loose trousers ending just above the ankle, Cornejo reimagined her line, Zero + Maria Cornejo, in tones of ecru, eggshell, and cream. Where there was color, it was cobalt, navy, or a few shots of peach.

With easy wrap dresses, oversized jackets, and even a few utilitarian pieces shown on men, Cornejo showed she’ll be ready for the future, whatever it holds.

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