Calla Fall 2013: When Whimsy Works

Calla has enchanted us once again, mixing luxe details and craftsmanship with light, playful influences. Designer Calla Haynes' references this time ranged from a cat wrapped in Christmas lights to Tetris to Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep and manifested in original, directional prints:
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Calla has enchanted us once again, mixing luxe details and craftsmanship with light, playful influences. Designer Calla Haynes' references this time ranged from a cat wrapped in Christmas lights to Tetris to Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep and manifested in original, directional prints:
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Calla has enchanted us once again, mixing luxe details and craftsmanship with light, playful influences.

Designer Calla Haynes' references this time ranged from a cat wrapped in Christmas lights to Tetris to Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep and manifested in original, directional prints: a washed out, geometric, almost pixellated print that was not the least bit nerdy; a romantic floral; and a joyful yellow watercolor.

The silhouettes were comparatively uncomplicated: flirty skirts and dresses, cute, cozy sweaters, simple trousers--all done in high-end, artisanal fabrics. And yet, a yellow printed parka and a floor-length floral gown were both worn with such ease that one didn't really look more formal than the other.

Which is where Haynes' talent lies. Her clothes are simultaneously formal and casual; whimsical and smart. Even though I've never been a fan of logo'd clothing, I swooned over this season's super-charming "CALLA"-emblazoned sweaters--proof, I guess, that this is one brand I can't help but buy into.

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