>> A number of designers this past week have been looking to nature and the organic for inspiration — even if just for a earthy, neutral color palette; Maria Cornejo is one of them. "The dynamic relationship we have with our surroundings; the beautiful tension of organic elements pushing through the cement of an urban landscape are what inspired me most. I love the energy of the city but always feel the pull of nature, so I find myself grabbing moments wherever I can."
With Cindy Sherman front row, she sent out four district sets of looks — black and white noise, wood, grass, and water — referring to the print that pervaded the group; the wood, ocean, and grass digitally-based patterns came from photos Cornejo took with her iPhone. For the first time, she added a capsule collection of swimwear, but it's the accessories that really caught attention: stiff curves of bent wood belting half the waist, lying around the neck, cuffing the wrist, and a half-sandal, half-bootie shoe.