Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Fall 2016

Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Fall 2016

Even with all of the collection’s easy shapes, split-level proportions and layering, Maria Cornejo managed to keep a light hand.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2016

Zero + Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2016

The collection was Cornejo’s plea to “be present,” from a buy now, wear now perspective and a zen aesthetic.

Zero Maria Cornejo RTW Spring 2016

Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Spring 2016

Maria Cornejo started with the "clean canvas" of custom fabrics and gave her spring lineup a graceful Japanese feel.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2016

Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2016

Maria Cornejo updated her classic aesthetic for resort with fresh fabrics, colors and prints, as well as subtle new details and some changing lengths.

Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Fall 2015

Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Fall 2015

The wonder of Maria Cornejo’s most impressive clothes lies in the grace with which she balances the eccentric with the classic — sometimes in a single look.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2015

Zero + Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2015

Maria Cornejo divined her pre-fall creative juice from the desert, specifically Joshua Tree in California, where she squeezed in a half-day “inspiration trip.”

Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Spring 2015

Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Spring 2015

For the most part, Maria Cornejo took a gentle approach to spring.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2015

Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2015

The designer showed softly cut jumpsuits (“easy to wear without thinking about it,”she said), tunics and lots of geometrically cut dresses.

Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Fall 2014

Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Fall 2014

There was a uniform quality to the lineup, urban tribal at first, then moving into something more stark and strict.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2014

Zero + Maria Cornejo Pre-Fall 2014

The collection was designed with textural fabrics that can carry the clothes from summer through fall.