Zero + Maria Cornejo’s Velvety Vision
by Ian Laughead
What could be more luxurious than wrapping yourself in huge swathes of crimson velvet? Not much, according to Zero + Maria Cornejo. The ApparelMagic client’s fall runway show at New York Fashion Week was dedicated to the indulgent fabric in all of its luster.
Sticking to mostly oversized volumes, each piece felt generous and a little bit decadent, starting with loose A-line skirts with hems that sinuously dipped and peaked paired with roomy sweaters and punctuated by bright red velvet sandals or tall, slouchy boots.
Shoulders were on display, many casually exposed through wide necklines or sensual cut outs. A pair of evening shell tops in gold and red velvet were cinched at the neckline on one side and elegantly slid off the opposite shoulder.
Cornejo took a similarly restrained look at daywear. Confining herself to a palette of mostly neutrals, she let her loose silhouettes in fine wools and silks do the talking. If their subtle luxury wasn’t clear enough, a couple of Mongolian lamb jackets and coats were thrown into the mix. Cornejo’s vision of luxury is understated and elegant, but at the same time, it’s modern enough for today’s woman.