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Michelle Obama perfects spring's bold color trend

Obama First Lady Michelle Obama was on trend today as she departed Chile wearing a neon chartreuse top, cage belt and pants from the spring-summer 2011 Zero Plus Maria Cornejo collection. 

Pairing the crisp, simple top in highlighter yellow with khaki pants and a wide belt in neutral tan leather made the spring season's bold color trend seem effortless. 

The conceptual-cool designer Cornejo was born in Chile and launched her label Zero in New York in 1996, with a focus on architecturally inspired cut and construction. With stores on Melrose Place in Los Angeles, and in New York, she has long been an Obama favorite. 

A Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award winner in 2006, Cornejo recently launched menswear.     

--Booth Moore

Photo: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart from Santiago, Chile on Tuesday. Reuters/Luis Hidalgo.

Cult favorite Zero + Maria Cornejo boutique opens Thursday on Melrose Place

FW10_Look05_1 Cult-favorite fashion label Zero + Maria Cornejo launched its first-ever store outside its native New York City on Thursday, Aug. 26, on Melrose Place.

The sleek 2,000-square-foot boutique, located at 8408 Melrose Place, was designed by New York's Work Architecture and features dark, subdued furniture by minimalist German company E15.

The shop's charcoal-covered facade is covered in ivy and boasts wide French doors. Inside, hanging transparent plexiglass panels divide the men’s and women’s areas, with an open area reserved for future exhibitions, collaborations and events.

The 13-year-old label — which started as a retail concept when Chilean-born designer Cornejo opened a small atelier in New York's Nolita neighborhood — is famous for its implacable sophistication and innovative draping; many pieces are cut from a single piece of fabric.

Fans of the brand include First Lady Michelle Obama, Christy Turlington and true devotees of the avant-garde, Tilda Swinton and artist Cindy Sherman.

Prices for apparel and footwear range from $250 to $2,000, with accessories ranging from $400 to $900. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: A look from Zero + Maria Cornejo's Fall 2010 collection. Credit: Zero + Maria Cornejo.

 




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