Resort 2012: Zero + Maria Cornejo

Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2012 cacoon jacket with perforated leather

Allow me to be completely biased for a moment—I love Zero + Maria Cornejo. I covet her dresses and prints, and yes, I cheer when I see the First Lady wearing her. So naturally I was happy to trot on over to the showroom to see her resort collection.

What sets Cornejo apart from other designers are her prints. She makes the most unique prints out of photos she takes—of water, flowers, floor tile. The result is incredible. Combine this with interesting shapes and flowy design that fits nearly any body type, and you can see why she's an editorial favorite.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2012 pink and gray dresses

For resort, which was inspired by a trip to Miami, the colors are bright—pinks and grays—and mixed with some great neutrals. The standout for me was a cocoon jacket with perforated leather. The texture was exquisite.

Next up for the designer is swim, which I can't wait to see.

Photos: Cocoon jacket with perforated leather (top left),
printed dresses (bottom right), all from the designer's Resort 2012 collection.