A Perfect Pair

Maria Cornejo, the force behind Zero, tapped shoe designer Eileen Shields for an upcoming, collaborative shoe collection. Though Shields has been designing on her own since 2004, she was previously a consultant for both Zac Posen and Donna Karan, and her footwear is a current favorite among stars like Halle Berry and Eva Longoria (who commissioned a five-inch stiletto for her role on Desperate Housewives). Furthermore, Shields’ ubiquitous Juliette slipper gave new meaning to the words “ballet flat” with a chic, feminine t-strap. Now, she brings her sculptural elements to this collection for Zero with a chunky-heeled, pink haircalf pump as well as a slip-on oxford.

Maria Cornejos’ classic cuts and understated elegance pair well with Shield’s strong technical grasp. The pink haircalf whimsically corresponds with the pops of color and graphic prints woven throughout Cornejo’s autumn/winter ’08 line, while the masculine oxfords offer a strong counterpoint to Cornejo’s feminine, circle-based patterns. This heavenly match will be available in stores come September.

For more information, see www.zeromariacornejo.com.

—Meghan Cleary