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Maria Cornejo Brings Quirky Minimalism to Chicago

The fashion favorite will bring her trunk show to ikram on Thursday.

Maria Cornejo.   Photo: Courtesy of Marysia Woroniecka

Maria Cornejo’s line, Zero + Maria Cornejo, is a fashion editor favorite, full of the sleek minimalism and billowing, unobstructed silhouettes that look so good on city streets. This Thursday, she’s coming to Chicago for a trunk show at ikram to present her latest collection, Fall/Winter 2015.

Cornejo’s designs manage to be minimalist and quirky at the same time—a true feat in the age of black skinny jeans—and this upcoming collection uses luxurious fabrics, such as midnight blue Suri alpaca, red leather, and snowy shearling, to play against her idiosyncratic shapes. Here, a sneak peek at what we can expect from her upcoming collection.

You often make your own prints out of photos that you’ve snapped—what led you to develop this habit?

I’m constantly inspired by the environment around me, and having an iPhone was an easy way for me to document everything I saw. When I go on a vacation or even for a walk in the city, I’m always looking at the surrounding architecture, nature, art. I love graphics and I always see the pattern in the image. Using my iPhone is a great way to document inspiration.

What sorts of photos did you use for this latest collection?

This collection, I was inspired by an artist who uses fabric to create collages. I took a few of my own images of fabric and made my own digital collage.

What does minimalism mean to you?

It doesn’t have to be boring! I think of words such as spare, modern, and feminine.

Maria will be appearing Thursday, April 16 at ikram (15 E. Huron St., ikram.com) for her Fall/Winter 2015 trunk show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The trunk show will also take place Friday. 

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