“I like the idea of looking clean and edited down,” said Maria Cornejo of her pre-fall collection, designed with textural fabrics that can carry the clothes from summer through fall. Lightweight slub tweed and woven techy materials were cut into offbeat proportions — Cornejo called the midcalf length of a bustier dress, shown layered over an airy Japanese cotton blouse, “dorky,” but intellectual was a better word. The kimono-sleeve jackets and boyish tailoring interspersed with graphic patterns and prints evoked a neat, smart Japanese look. “This girl read books,” said Cornejo.

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