What can I say about Corey Lynn Calter, other than that she creates delectable confections that make Zooey Deschanel-loving girls melt into sherbet-colored puddles? On Wednesday morning, Miss Calter's parade of brightly colored silk and lace sent me into happiness overdrive. As the lively beats of Best Coast and Caribou thumped throughout the studio, a procession of 60's bouffanted mannequins showcased brightly colored ensembles in one of three stories - coral, evergreen, and orchid - posing atop Beatles-on-Ed-Sullivan style circular platforms.
The coral story was brimming with sequined a-line mini dresses (of the striped and magenta ombre variety), a leopard-print peplum pencil dress (stunner), and my absolute favorite ensemble, a leopard fur boxy jacket topped over a sparrow printed peter-pan collar blouse (in shades of the lightest pink and brightest magenta), and a color blocked midi pleated skirt. Evergreen brought the coolest of pants - high-waist, abstracted swirl-stripe trousers in shades of acqua, paired with a lemon pleated blouson sleeve chiffon blouse. Where Coral was cute, Evergreen was more mod, more disco, more cool. Deep green skinny pants paired with a pleated-front aqua silk tee, striped socks, and pointdexter glasses brought to mind that cool girl who spends her free time listening to Madeline Peyroux records.
Standouts for the orchid story were a dropwaist, peter-pan collared shirtdress with pleated skirt, and a navy lace jacket and skinny cropped pants paired with a pink color-blocked peter-pan collared tee. That peter-pan collar made several appearances throughout the collection, as did the sparrow print, thick floral lace, vividly colored fox collars, and a swirly-abstract printed silk (as seen in the highwaisted trousers of Evergreen). Leather gloves, rectangular clutches, colored tights and platform pumps with bow details were the finishing touches throughout. Leaving the show was leaving joy; it could have been the overdose of coffee that morning, but it's more likely that the elation washing over me was due to Corey Lynn Calter.