The corridor that led to Calla Haynes’s stateside debut smelled of spiced masculinity, which seemed kind of ironic once we turned the corner and saw the designer’s feminine designs, each daintily printed with lots of pink. “I like things to be pretty but always twisted,” Haynes explained. “Super nonchalant and comfy but still chic.” Then it made sense—she’d created one of those enviably cool girls, relaxed and pretty, while enlisting a bit of masculine intuition for added sex appeal.
“Each season I create a muse, a femme artiste of sorts. Last time, she was a music journalist and this season she was an interior decorator,” Haynes mused. The inspiration could be seen in her prints, each of which she designed. “I have a wood, there is a granite, and there are all of these ideas of abstract upholstery, kind of mid-century graphic.” The effect was subtle but lent a good deal of charm to perfectly prim ensembles, mixed, matched, and mussed-up to incredibly chic avail.