For the Birds of New York, that is. In addition to its usual trove of Zero + Maria Cornejo, Brooklyn’s three Bird boutiques (in Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill) will be carrying an exclusive piece created especially for the store. The shift (left) was inspired by Cornejo’s trip to Turkey last year: The punchy, geometric print was informed by fabric she picked up in Istanbul’s frenetic Grand Bazaar. She warmed up the original palette for the holidays, opting for rich red, but the shape is quintessential Cornejo. “It’s a signature dress,” the designer told Style.com. “It’s the dress I love—a classic Zero shape.” This is Cornejo’s first collaboration with Bird—the idea was friend and owner Jen Mankins’—but she digs the concept. “More and more I’m into working on special relationships with people,” she said. “It makes sense right now.”
The limited-edition dress (and we do mean limited: Each store has one size apiece), which retails for $520, gets a welcome party tonight at Bird’s Williamsburg outpost from 6 to 9 p.m. And, for an added holiday bonus, proceeds from the sale of the dress, as well as the evening in general, will go to Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the victims of domestic violence victims and their children.
Bird, 203 Grand St., between Bedford and Driggs avenues, (718) 388-1655, www.shopbird.com.
Photo: Aubrie Marin