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Maria Cornejo Shows Menswear, Lots of Leather

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Today's Zero + Maria Cornejo fall/winter 2010 show was once again held in the maze-like Hosfelt Gallery space which really makes bold-faced-name-spotting a bit of a challenge. We did see an early and eager Cathy Horyn as well as Robin Givhan, fashion editor of the Washington Post, catching up with eBay's Constance White. A few feet away scenester/blogger/photographer/editor/writer Olivier Zahm chatted with jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia.

Mickey Boardman talked about last night's debauchery with the peeps from Paper and Vice President of Fashion Ikram Goldman (of Chicago's Ikram, where Michelle Obama gets her Rodarte, Wu, Toledo, etc) stole the style show with a massive crystal studded lizard necklace. Elle's Anne Slowey and Teen Vogue's Gloria Baume were also front row. Though Simon Doonan and Tavi were no-shows this go around, Twitterers on the other end of the maze report that Bono was ushered in at the last minute.

As for the clothes, Maria Cornejo really embraced menswear for fall. Not only has she launched a menswear collection and peppered the show several tailored male (rather than unisex) looks, but her womenswear explored a series of boy-centric details—including bold shoulders, tuxedo lapels, waistcoats, and lots of leather. Signature volume, asymmetry, and plays on proportion were of course on full display—we loved amorphous shrugs, capes and capelets in alpaca and screened-silk over skinny leather pants, hip-hugging little black party dresses, and outsized, floor-grazing black and fall foliage-photo-screened gowns with open backs. Very long, thickly bundled signature-print silk and woolly knit scarves accessorized necks while massive leather or pony-hair crossed belts and chest pieces adorned torsos. Altogether the look was effortless, chic, and anything but run-of-the-mill.

· All Fashion Week fall 2010 coverage [Racked NY]
· Zero + Maria Cornejo [Official Site]

Hosfelt Gallery

531 W. 36th St, New York, NY