Design Within Reach
Maria Pinto does ready-to-wear
It looked as fresh as ever on Amy Adams in American Hustle, and last week Diane von Furstenberg?s iconic wrap dress turned 40. Yet we can?t help but wonder...what?s the equivalent so wearable, packable and versatile dress of the future?
Chicago fashion designer Maria Pinto--the woman who famously clad Michelle Obama in purple--thinks she has the answer with her new ready-to-wear line of dresses, M2057. (That?s the year when the ever-optimistic Pinto would ostensibly turn 100.)
The designer started the line with a serious cash stash she raised last fall on Kickstarter, to the tune of $274,000. Now her collection of expertly cut, comfortably priced and--get this--machine-washable dresses is being sold on the just-launched M2057 site. (Order now for early March delivery; see the dresses in person at VMR.)
Some of the frocks, like the Isabella shift dress ($295) with a high funnel neck, are made with thicker, double-faced jersey to hold a more architectural style.
Others are done in supersoft ?liquid jersey,? like the swingy Sophia ($325), a flattering A-line dress that hits mid-calf and practically begs you to twirl--or at least dance.
Can?t you just see Michelle sashaying up to a podium in it?