Markarian, the name adding sugar and spice to after-dark ensembles
Somewhere along the way from childhood to adulthood, many of us lose touch with our proclivity for whimsy, the impulse to dream, the itch for the off-kilter. Then out of the blue comes an external force to banish us from our comfort zones, forcing us to submit to the conduits that reignite our eccentricity. For some, it's a Wes Anderson film. For others, it's a dress so achingly beautiful yet offbeat, we feel inclined to hand them down to our unborn daughters.
Meet Alexandra O'Neill, a designer with the magic to whip up such apparels, the sugar and spice behind New York label Markarian. Born and raised in Colorado, O'Neill revealed: "The sky that I saw when I was young was infinite, and I loved that most about it. The magic that existed in my childhood from those moments, still inspires me."
Her childlike perception of femininity explains the dubbing of her brand — born just in the spring of 2017 — after the Markarian galaxies. Think: Tiered ruffles, balloon sleeves and trailing bows. It is not uncommon for O'Neill to tack on a starfish to a pale yellow sequinned frock (above) or serve up a dress in billowing gold lamé.
Surely the next time the girl gang pings for drinks or a Tinder match proves worthy of wine and face time, the LBD will hardly cut it — not after you've seen what O'Neill can do.
Markarian is available on Modaoperandi.com.
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