Maria Cornejo debuted her fall/winter 2017 collection for her brand Zero + Maria Cornejo at Pier 59 on Monday, February 13. On the trend with many designers, the focus of her collection was female empowerment. This season, she moved away from the more militant aesthetic she had last season, to a softer, more feminine look.
In the age of social media and Instagram what purpose do you think Fashion Week serves?
To create energy, beauty and love. There's a lot of ugly things going on in the world right now, and our job is to make beautiful things. Otherwise, we might as well just give up. You can't get so dark about everything. There has to be beauty in the world. There has to be a reason to want freedom and democracy.
Is there anything you would want to change about Fashion Week?
The shows are just so close together. It's just so hard to get everyone here and here on time.
What do you think fashion says about America?
That it's diverse. We're a very diverse country. This is America. We're a country of immigrants.
What's one piece in your collection that you don't think a woman should live without?
That's like asking me to pick a child! I would have to say the quilted skirts.