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Barneys Fetes 15 Years with Maria Cornejo

Friday, January 31, 2014
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They say that every picture tells a story, but how about a dress? Such was the inspiration for renowned Chilean designer Maria Cornejo‘s 15th anniversary collection. To mark Zero + Maria Cornejo’s milestone achievement, the designer asked 15 of the brand’s closest clients: artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians and other formidables to select a favorite piece of clothing from their Zero wardrobes collected over the years. Among the boldfacers who were more than happy to share their story; Tilda Swinton, Cindy Sherman, Cat Power and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tara Donovan, Kara Walker, and Miranda July.

From there was born a special archive capsule collection, which will be re-issued this spring exclusively at Barneys. So naturally, there was a launch party to celebrate the occasion, which began with a cocktail party on the store’s forth floor and continued down the street at the Pierre’s Sirio Ristorante.  Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo, Emily Mortimer, Cindy Sherman, Waris Ahluwalia, Monique Pean, Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi, Rachel Chandler,  Mia Moretti, Mara Hoffman, Amanda Ross, Mark Lee, Simon Doonan, and Daniella Vitale were just some of the notables who braved the never ending polar vortex to toast the designer – and start talking fashion week schedules.

Fifteen years is undeniably a long tenure in the fashion business, and, as artist Sherman explained to AVENUEinsider: “[Cornejo’s] clothes truly epitomize what low key, easy, effortless luxury is all about. The lines are clean and simple, yet impeccably drawn and brilliantly conceived. She has stayed faithful to her original vision, and I think the fierce loyalty of her clients is a testament to that.”

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