Calla Haynes, the Paris-based designer behind CALLA, showed her Spring 2014 collection for the second time (the first was New York Fashion Week) at the shOws in Toronto, her home town - and it was a '90s dream.
With tweed sourced from the same manufacturer that supplies
Chanel Haute Couture and a love for alcantara – a luxe form of ultra suede
discovered in Japan but imported from Italy – it’s clear the surfer chick that
took to the runway is no ordinary California girl (despite what the Beach Boys’ cover that
kicked off the show proclaimed).
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This luxe-take on Venice Beach stylings –
think exposed chunky zippers fastening watercolour one-pieces, bare midriffs
and abstract prints named after famous Japanese surf towns – were topped off
with fresh coral checks courtesy of CoverGirls’ Cheekers Blush in Brick Rose
and fishtail braids, both single and pigtail style, woven in with the odd piece
of neon accoutrement.
The complete package left a feeling of ‘90s love (I certainly had a fluorescent piece or two growing up in that decade) that celebs like Selena Gomez and Emma Watson should be clamoring to get their hands on. And one whose high-end craftsmanship and couture-esque cuts (take a look at the voluminous skirt that closed the show) had me mentally finding homes for many a piece in my closet.