The Talented: Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Since 2008, Iranian born textile-designer and stylist Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s boutique and showroom at the Lower East Side in New York City, has been an ever more fascinating hub within the fashion world. Zadeh studied textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her first sandal collection, of a very simple and universal style, was produced in Mexico and infused with her love for all things ‘summer’. Inspired by traditional shoes worn in Mexico, the sandals designed by Zadeh were an update of the original model with different-colored leathers, bringing forth an individual yet minimalistic approach.

While her shop features a long list of fabulous designers, in 2014 Maryam Nassir Zadeh decided to pour hours of research into her own collection. Staying true to her individual style, the collections has an ease and artistic essence while being both of and ahead of its time. Her SS15 collection proposes a take on what the 1970s woman would have worn in the 1990s: modern minimalistic twists on retro classics such as safari inspired blazers in muted colors with just touches of bright orange, mint and blue tones, with open crop tops, fine knit turtlenecks and buttoned down sundresses as some of the collections’ key elements. Deliberately pursuing a retro feel and framing a cerebral vibe, the designer chooses to pair a tailored hounds-tooth skirt-suit with bikini tops, avoiding the conservative approach and adding the sense of anticipation of what Summer will bring. The unique, retro and complex minimalism has become somewhat of a trademark for Zadeh and is also a particularly sophisticated touch only a few possess, both on the lower-east side or around the world.

Victoria Edman