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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014: Zero + Maria Cornejo

There’s a great danger that comes with defining something as “modern.” It makes me think primarily of the perils of modern dance, which can be extraordinary and mind-altering, or completely painful and an utter waste of time. Zero+ Maria Cornejo’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection, however, is thankfully the former. Like the finest modern dance, Cornejo’s pieces play with our sensibilities and make us question why we wear what we wear. Why can’t a cocktail dress be a flowing slice of color? Why can’t a gown be adorned with giant, clear paillettes? As I’ve written before, I love it when a collection makes me think. Inspired by a road trip through her native Chile with her siblings, Cornejo wanted to bring forth “the feeling of youthful, carefree travel,” according to the collection’s notes. It’s easy to see that throughout the line, with pieces both sturdy and light floating down the runway. Some of my favorite pieces were the long organza Elie dress, the Lea jumpsuit in a glittery, black feather stripe, and the black Madi dress with a full-skirt and v-neckline. 

The look for makeup, by Dick Page for Shiseido, was metallic but ethereal, with a shimmery eye lid, a white stripe of eyeliner, and softly darkened under-eye. Hair, by Bumble and Bumble, was an edgy jumble of braids and texture pulled back into a half-up/half-down arrangement. Nails, by Zoya, were pure white on the hands and black on the toes. 

For more shots from backstage and of the collection, check out my photos here!


Elyssa Goodman likes words and pictures a lot. She is a Style Consultant at Her Campus, was previously the publication's first Style Editor, and has been with the magazine since its inception in 2009. Elyssa graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied Professional Writing, Creative Writing, and Photography. As an undergraduate, she founded and was the editor-in-chief of The Cut, Carnegie Mellon's Music Magazine. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elyssa now lives and works in New York City as Miss Manhattan, a freelance writer, photographer, stylist and social media consultant. Her work has appeared in Vice, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, Glamour, The New Yorker, Artforum, Bust, Bullett, Time Out New York, Nerve.com, and many other publications across the globe. Elyssa is also the photographer of the book "Awkwafina's NYC," written by Nora "Awkwafina" Lum. She loves New York punk circa 1973, old-school photobooths, macaroni and cheese, and Marilyn Monroe. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @MissManhattanNY.
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