Intutive. Maryam Nassir Zadeh AW19

I love the first days of New York fashion week, because it’s the moment of the most daring, yet under-the-radar designers that do true wonders – without the presence of major venues, influencers, and all that stuff… Maryam Nassir Zadeh is definitely one of those designers. Although she’s beloved by her New York fandom of female professionals, she’s a designer who is far from (and, what’s most important, has no plans to be) glossy establishment. It’s a brand for women like Susan Cianciolo, Paloma Elsesser and Hailey Benton Gates – bold, diverse individuals with their own sense of style. Maryam’s clothes are, as the designer herself says, simple and intuitive. They never dress or invade you. But you’re free to experiment with them, the way you want, according to your mood. A fleece zip-up cinched with low-slung belt over a pleated skirt; beaded knit tucked in a pencil skirt; tie-dye harlequin top over a pair of cargo pants; blue leopard print coat and a delicate frock; zebra boots with a brown, leather overall. If you can’t really afford Maryam Nassir Zadeh, don’t be afraid to try the ways the designer presents the outfits. Her ‘hand-picked dressing’ is all about mixing, and spontaneity. No total looks. Bit of vintage, bit of edgy, bit of feminine: that’s the grab-and-go look of a New York woman whose wardrobe is consciously (or unconsciously) nurtured by Zadeh throughout the years.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki (featuring a Hilma Af Klint artwork).

Passion. Maryam Nassir Zadeh SS19

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Take a look at Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s spring-summer 2019 collection, and then at her Instagram posts from this summer. You will instantly understand, that the designer’s fashion is ultimately all about her, and her style. Whether in Italy, Greece or New York, Zadeh’s everyday style is equally spontaneous and idiosyncratic. Whether it’s a zebra bandou, a maillot or a wraparound triangle top – clothes that you rather associate with beachwear – the designer incorporates these summer pieces into her daywear. With a flamenco-ish skirt or a pastel-pink camisole. Or even a beige, loosely fitted blazer. What I especially loved about this collection is the passionate, Pedro Almodovar-esque colour palette. Think juicy red and deep blue. Maryam’s brand is embraced by her pack of friends and beloved female artists (like Ana Kras and Hailey Benton Gates, who walked the runway), and women who are very much like them. That’s why, without much fuss and PR presence, Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s clothes (and leather goods) are in constant demand.

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Collage by Edward Kanarecki.