Chicago designer Maria Pinto is launching her newest collection, M2057 by Maria Pinto, on the crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter. I met up with Maria at a recent event at Sepia, one of her favorite restaurants. Later I learned the private event space was once her studio space! She told me she identified with Second City Style’s quest for “Attainable Luxury” because that is exactly what she is doing now with the offering of her new collection. With M2057, you won’t pay $800 or more for a Maria Pinto dress.
The collection includes seven dresses, two jackets, a shrug, a wrap, and two scarf styles – all of which will be available for pre-order at backer levels ranging from $75-$250. The dresses are now $250, but will go up to $275 after the launch period. The idea of backing a Chicago Designer we love is very appealing! Each piece is made from high-quality Italian fabric that is machine washable and travel-friendly. The dresses are designed to fit a wide range of body types and sizes and can be styled a number of ways, therefore they transition seamlessly from casual to formal events. “M2057 has a very architectural energy,” Maria Pinto said. “It’s where the industrial meets the elegant.” I personally love the modern edge to these pieces and the fact the fabrics are wrinkle-free and skim the body to hide flaws (of which none of us have, right!?). The women and models at the event wore the pieces in their own personal style, and the options are endless. See how Maria wore one of the dresses over jeans and with one of the cardigans.
I can’t decide between these two dresses. Help me to decide!
Find M2057 by Maria Pinto on Kickstarter. You can be one of the first to own a piece of brand new collection!
– Carol Calacci
Photos: Second City Style and M2057 by Maria Pinto Lookbook
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