Acclaimed designer Maria Pinto displays her latest collection in the West Loop | Bleader

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Acclaimed designer Maria Pinto displays her latest collection in the West Loop

Posted By on 07.28.16 at 08:00 AM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

click image Maria Pinto (right) stands next to one of her models, who's wearing a prefall halter-neck trapeze dress. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Maria Pinto (right) stands next to one of her models, who's wearing a prefall halter-neck trapeze dress.

Acclaimed designer Maria Pinto has received multiple awards (including SAIC's Legend of Fashion in 2009), had her own exhibit at the Field Museum, sold her garments at stores such as Barneys and Neiman Marcus, and dressed Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. M2057, her new and more accessible brand, was funded via Kickstarter in 2013.  The pieces are constructed on demand—clients can then try on all the sizes at her showroom and place an order.

With prices starting at $150 and dresses typically averaging between $275 and $500, M2057 isn't exactly a bargain. But in the long run the pieces are comparably thrifty: the exclusive Italian fabric she uses is machine washable and doesn't pill or lose shape. This means the garment will always look new, with a minimum amount of money or work invested in its care—it doesn't even need to be ironed. Another advantage of the high-tech textile is that it doesn't fray; the garments are impeccably cut, with no bulky hems in sight. However, her shapes are minimal and intricate, almost like origami. 

The line's first exclusive print—plaid, in homage to a "square" theme this fall—will be available on August 24. In the meantime, prefall pieces can be purchased at www.m2057.com and at the M2057 Style Studio at 833 W Washington Blvd. Pinto is also currently selling geometric bags by Finell—the perfect complement to her practical, modern, and chic collection. 
 
click image The Mila jacket has a cinched waist that opens up to a peplum, creating the illusion of a modern bustle. The Glenda skirt was made out of a single piece of fabric. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • The Mila jacket has a cinched waist that opens up to a peplum, creating the illusion of a modern bustle. The Glenda skirt was made out of a single piece of fabric.
  
click image Stylists Arlene Matthews and Brandon Frein learn about the new fall collection. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Stylists Arlene Matthews and Brandon Frein learn about the new fall collection.

click image Jessie Sardina of CS magazine - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Jessie Sardina of CS magazine

click image Wardrobe stylist Whitney Middleton - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Wardrobe stylist Whitney Middleton

click image Prefall pieces by Maria Pinto inspired by the "square" - PHOTO COURTESY OF M2057 BY MARIA PINTO
  • Photo courtesy of M2057 by Maria Pinto
  • Prefall pieces by Maria Pinto inspired by the "square"

click image Another prefall piece - PHOTO COURTESY OF M2057 BY MARIA PINTO
  • Photo courtesy of M2057 by Maria Pinto
  • Another prefall piece

click image Fall-collection dress featuring M2057's first exclusive print. - PHOTO COURTESY OF M2057 BY MARIA PINTO
  • Photo courtesy of M2057 by Maria Pinto
  • Fall-collection dress featuring M2057's first exclusive print.

click image This Glenda skirt was made with one single piece of fabric. - PHOTO COURTESY OF M2057 BY MARIA PINTO
  • Photo courtesy of M2057 by Maria Pinto
  • This Glenda skirt was made with one single piece of fabric.

click image The Finell "Vox" bag - PHOTO COURTESY OF M2057 BY MARIA PINTO
  • Photo courtesy of M2057 by Maria Pinto
  • The Finell "Vox" bag

See more street style in the Chicago Looks blog.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Isa Giallorenzo

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge
November 20
Music
Darius Jones Experimental Sound Studio
March 18

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories