“Incredibly chic.” There’s really no better way to describe the clothes made by Marina Moscone, the Parsons-educated, Peter Som-trained designer. Since 2016, she has quietly been creating pieces for a modern, sophisticated clientele, and in her world, the woman comes first. “I make clothes to fit into her everyday life” she says of the constructed blazers, streamlined tunics, shirting and elegant trousers she designs. Everything can easily be worn together or broken apart to cater to a day at the office, a dinner party or a black tie gala. No need to go home and change (just add a heel or jean as required)—because what modern woman has time for that?
This season, Moscone held a presentation at the late artist Willem de Kooning’s newly landmarked residence in Lower Manhattan. Everyone who knew enough to attend fell in love with the sensual collection, but it was a sapphire blue, luminous, raw-hemmed, “twisted” dress that garnered attention for its undeniable sex appeal. Rather than rely on plunging cuts or body-con silhouettes, Moscone favors a tactile approach, twisting and draping fabrics by hand in her New York atelier to create a softly seductive design.“I manipulate the natural behavior of the fabric” she says, “but I never try to make a fabric do something it can’t—that would be over-designing.”