Maria Cornejo's online store is up and running. I can't say enough how brilliant I think her designs are. I became obsessed last fall and bought a silk velvet bubble skirt even though many of my friends hate the bubble silhouette. I also bought two pieces from her spring 06 collection, both linen/cotton, a black dress and a v-neck tank that i like to wear as a vest. All her pieces are so well-made and thoughtful, with interesting textures and stitching. Here are my picks for this season:
Tilda dress, silk, $973. If I could do the whole wedding thing again, this is what I would wear. With flats, or sandals. And then I could wear it out rather than stuff it into an archival box under the couch.
Oona dress, silk charmeuse, $442. Maria Cornejo turns her silk matte-side out, so that lovely silky side is next to your skin. Mmm.
Scoop bubble dress, viscose jersey, $325. Bubble skirts, bubble tops, bubble dresses, she does them all and all so well.
Tea Sweater, cashmere, $534
Alpaca and wool parka, $988. Daryl K does cocoon coats on a regular basis, too, but I think Maria does them better. Her entire aesthetic is less punky, more refined.
Funnel Neck Jacket, $955. Wear this with a pencil skirt and channel Blade Runner.
Cossack coat, $1005. I'm iffy on the big buttons, but otherwise, "Molodetz"
Don't be daunted by the prices. Twice a year everything goes on sale about 30-50% off. If you can't make it to either her Nolita or Greenwich Village shop, check her online version, especially sometime around March and July.