Lower East Side
Zero + Maria Cornejo
Clean lines, streamlined forms, and the season's hot colors can be found among the designs of this Chilean-born couturier favored by Michelle Obama. Simple but sculptural, Maria Cornejo's well-made pieces move effortlessly from day to evening and are durable and stylish enough to last multiple years (and changing trends). The designer's Bleecker Street boutique is a warm open space as uncluttered as her famed "architectural" clothing (it's also home to her studio). Along with Cornejo's signature ready-to-wear pieces, there are designer handbags, accessories, shoes, and boots to round out the collection.