From a stunning Fall 2012 presentation to an upcoming collaboration with Seychelles shoes, LA designer Corey Lynn Calter is a fashion force to be reckoned with. We swung by her studio in downtown Los Angeles to get a glimpse into her world and ask her what she’s got in store for the seasons ahead, from her label rebranding to 2013 color palettes!
Can you talk a bit about the collection you’re currently working on?
We are forever working on new collections. We are shipping Fall, soon to arrive at ModCloth! Fall was inspired by points of light in the distance, like the view outside my studio window at night. It was titled, ‘I See Light Far Away.’ Each month of the fall season was represented by a tonal color palate and had its own bright color pop that served as the ‘point of light.’
We also just finished working on Spring and the launch of our new label, COREY — we shortened [Corey Lynn Calter], rebranded the logo, and are breathing new looks and ideas into the collection. Spring still reflects COREY’s love of print and color, but we are balancing it with more solid colors. This girl is modern, bold, and values her femininity without being overly girly.
We’re huge fans of both Corey Lynn Calter and Seychelles! Can you tell us a bit more about your upcoming shoe collaboration?
I know, the feeling is mutual. The collaboration happened very organically, and is the conjuring of two PR girls and a vision. But really, it was a pleasure, I met with the Seychelles team with a sketch on a Post-It, and by the end of the day we were all set. They were a pleasure to work with, and the shoes look great!
What can we expect to see from COREY for the Spring season?
The COREY Spring collection considered actress and muse Nora Zehetner as our It Girl for the season. We adore her big eyes, pixie look, and her great personal style. The colors are bold for Spring and contrasted with neutrals. The inspiration and color story was a nod to the artist Henry Darger, and Nora was a great fit stylistically.
What does a typical day in the studio look like for you?
After dropping off my two girls at school, I head in to the studio. I spend most of the day putting out fires and then hopefully get down to the fun stuff: sketching, researching, and seeing the seasonal vision take shape.
For many girls, being a designer is a dream job. Can you tell us how you got your start?
Fashion, fabric, and color are in my genes. My grandfather was a tailor and my mother is an interior decorator, so fabrics and clothes were always around. I attended the performing arts high school in Philadelphia, and formed my love of expression through clothes and music. Moving to NYC and attending [the Fashion Institute of Technology] seemed like a natural move.
I quickly started doing my own thing, whether it was making a outfit to wear to my night job as a guest list girl, or doing a mini collection to sell at local stores; I did it all out of my NYC apartment in the East Village. I then moved to San Francisco to work for the Opera, a job that I loved and learned a lot. I continued side work by starting a small line of corsets, which I sold to high-end boutiques in NYC and LA.
Eventually, my need for more accessibility to fabrics and fashion brought me to LA. Even though I thought I would soon return to NYC, I am still here in LA, doing what I dreamed about every day.
Thanks for the tour, Corey!