Multicultural Fashion in NYC: Where to Shop

New York has been home to countless prolific fashion houses. It also never ceases to bring a wave of cosmopolitan designers, both established residents and foreign-born, to its city walls and their multicultural influences. Curated by Geri Schachner, VP of Global Communications at Estée Lauder. 

Maria Cornejo | Chilean designer known for her downtown chic apparel. Maria Cornejo was born in Chile, but was forced to relocate to Manchester, England as a child due to Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. She then moved to London, where punk style was at the pinnacle of fashion. She started designing for Fiorucci; then after graduating from  Ravensbourne College, designed for British-label Joseph when Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett were in the London spotlight. Cornejo has worked in Tokyo, Paris and Milan and now resides with her husband, photographer and poet Mark Borthwick with their two children in Brooklyn, New York. The Zero + Maria Cornejo store can be found in Nolita.


Dover Street Market | A London inspired collective of avant-garde global fashion brands curated by Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons (a Japanese label which translates to ‘like boys’ in French). Kawakubo’s goal was to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos: the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision. “We hope to make DSMNY more and more interesting. I enjoy seeing all the customers coming to DSMNY dressed in their strong, good looking and individual way. I’d like for DSMNY to be the place where fashion becomes fascinating.” Dover Street Market opened its doors just a few weeks ago to much fanfare.

Derek Lam & Alexander Wang | Both dynamic young Asian American designers from the West Coast. Lam is uptown chic and Wang more downtown cool. When Derek Lam debuted his namesake collection during the Fall New York Fashion Week in 2003, the fashion press declared him an overnight success. But Lam wasn’t exactly a newcomer to the industry. After graduating from Parsons in 1990, the San Francisco native spent 12 years in the design trenches at other houses, many of them at Michael Kors.

Alexander Wang was also born and raised in San Francisco, CA and later moved to New York to also attend Parsons. Just two years later, he decided to launch his own label, which began predominately in knitwear represented by six unisex silhouettes. By 2007, it had evolved into a full women’s ready-to-wear line and the collection was shown for the first time on the runway. Wang received top honors as the recipient of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and launched his first handbag collection that same year. He has won other coveted awards including GQ’s Best Menswear Designer of the Year and CFDA’s Best Accessory Designer in 2009.

Lastly, the newly renovated cosmetics and beauty floor at Macy’s Herald Square; there’s everything for everyone. The flagship store’s reworked floor plan balances important existing brands like Estée Lauder and MAC Cosmetics with new brands such as Impulse Beauty – the store’s answer to Sephora – SKII, La Mer and Art of Shaving.


Geri Schachner joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 1998, and has held Global Communications positions on several brands including the signature Estée Lauder brand and Clinique. Since April 2008, she has served as Senior Vice President, Global Communications, overseeing the public relations efforts for Estée Lauder, Tom Ford Beauty, Smashbox and Prescriptives. You can find Geri on Twitter @gerinyc

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