Every season Calla designer Calla Haynes manages to present not only great clothes we want to wear, but also a girl we want to be.
The Paris-based label delivered yet again and this season, that girl might be a member of the Beverly Hills Beach Club on Saved by the Bell.
That’s the vibe we got at her cheerful, very Instagram-friendly presentation Saturday night–due in large part to the fluoro swimwear and lively models, who smiled, posed, and even danced throughout the evening.
“I think it went back to when I fell in love with fashion, so the early ’90s, when I was 12 or 13,” Haynes told us of her starting point for the collection. “Everything felt so fresh and new and, with supermodels, there was a healthy, sexy vibe.”
She combined her ’90s supermodel inspiration with a California surf aesthetic, and her signature flair for finding and developing rare, unusual fabrics, like Italian material Alcantara, which is thin, digitally printed, and permanently crinkled, seen in a lightweight purple dress and poncho. There were also tweeds made with paper and plastic yarns, and bright neon coral and green jacquards.
As usual, Haynes gave us a good mix of the girly (flirty dresses, bra tops, and skirts) with the tomboyish (knee-length shorts and baseball caps). The swimwear was of the distinctively ’90s Body Glove variety.
There wasn’t a single ’90s baby in the room who wasn’t smiling. And even if you took away that novelty, it was still a great assortment of clothes.