As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, the architect Zaha Hadid was the primary source of inspiration for M2057’s Spring 2017 collection. I have had the very good fortune of experiencing three of Zaha’s designs during recent travels, which, in turn, impacted designs for Spring.
The MAXXI Museum in Rome is one of the most intriguing museums I have ever visited, where the architecture is as thought provoking as the art inside. The building takes shape from a series of structures that connect and disconnect at various levels, allowing you not only to lose yourself in the space physically, but mentally, as well.
Dresses like the BIBI and NUMA took shape from exploring how this approach could translate to a garment. The Bibi features a series of pintucked seams and asymmetric cuts that give the dress the appearance of escalating levels as you view it from different perspectives. The Numa, a take on the slip dress, accomplishes this through pattern, showing black and white stripes cutting into each other and creating asymmetrical intersections.
Valentine's Day: The time to hit up a hot date or flip the switch and spend a night out with your best friends. Either way, fall in love with M2057's collection of unique jewelry, which will turn every outfit into a statement.
And if you need to direct a certain someone where to find you a special gift, now you have that, too (wink wink).
Last March, I was one of the many people shocked by the horrible news that Zaha Hadid had passed away at only 65 years old. One of my favorite architects, she had broken down so many barriers in what has traditionally been a male dominated industry. An Iraqi-born, British architect, she was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The tragedy of her passing is all the more poignant because this was a woman at the height of her career—I began researching her more, and realized how inspiring her aesthetic is to me. Her work was constantly in my mind as I started designing the Spring 2017 collection.See More
Classic elegance meets sporty playfulness: from the iconic looks of Brigitte Bardot and Jackie O until today, black and white stripes have never gone out of style. Now find this classic print as part of the Resort Collection at M2057.
This spring, wear your stripes depending on your mood: Pair a striped top or skirt with a bold color or solid black, or go tip-to-toe to turn heads wherever you go.
We are beyond thrilled to welcome M2057's new Store Director, Sherra Batey, to the team! Read on to find out a little bit more about our newest member of the M2057 family.
Tell us a bit about your history.
I am originally from Savannah, Georgia, and lived in Dallas and New Orleans before moving to Chicago in 2009. While I had worked in retail for most of my life, I actually came to Chicago to start a Creole-style restaurant. It was a great experience, but that is a cutthroat industry, and I returned to retail after a couple years. I managed the leather goods shop at Prada and worked at Tiffany & Company before taking some time off to have my son, who is now two years old and so handsome!
I was baby-stepping back into the industry and really fell in love with the M2057 brand. I think what attracted me to M2057 so much was the chance to get to work personally with Maria, since we're still a small, dedicated team. Working in bigger companies, you don't get to have a voice, but here, you really have a voice as an employee, and your contributions can make a big difference in the company.
Describe your personal style.
I'm definitely a minimalist, which is why M2057 resonates so well with me. I usually gravitate toward understated colors—blacks, navys, grays, which I'll accessorize with a great bag or shoes. But some of my fellow stylists on the team have encouraged me to embrace a little more color!
What are your favorite M2057 styles that you are currently recommending to clients?See More