On February 8, 2014, designer Calla Haynes presented her Fall 2014 collection at Milk Studios during MADE Fashion Week. SJ Chronicle’s correspondent Michelle O. Dente interviewed Calla backstage before the show and got an early look at the styles as well as the background details of her collection, which tells the story of a heartbroken French girl who moves to Nashville, Tennessee, with the dream of becoming a country music singer. As Calla explained, “This season was influenced by my recent infatuation with all things country.” Drawing inspiration from sources such as the TV series Nashville, Dolly Parton, and the Porter Wagner Show, she created fashions that merge the bright lights of showbiz with simple and comfortable country charm.
The collection delicately juxtaposed French sophistication and country simplicity. A thin red belt cinched at the waist redefined the mohair plaid shawl draped over a graphic print dress. For a comfortable yet put-together look, a straight-cut silhouette relaxed a printed blazer and layered skirt. On a lightly pleated pink top, a bright print looked surprisingly chic paired with sheer shorts.
An important feature of this collection is the lively prints designed to showcase famous country music cities. As the unofficial mascot of the label, Calla’s dog Chou Chou Lilybear takes us on this journey through Memphis, Austin, Tupelo, and Nashville. The four prints, each named after one of the cities, feature Lilybear in different bold colors and shapes.
Each season, Calla invents stories for the creative “Calla woman.” Whether a singer, painter, or interior decorator, she’s always someone who appreciates the arts and expresses her creativity through her clothes. For her Fall 2014 French/country chanteuse, Calla envisioned sleepless nights practicing, auditions, and dress rehearsals—a brave artiste reinventing herself through her experiences and style.
The story isn’t complete without hair and makeup. Led by Ramona Eschbach, the Oribe hairstylists concocted a playfully sophisticated style, bouffant in the front with a curled pony tail in the back. “Following Calla’s creative brief,” Ramona explained, “we wanted something chic and cute with a country twang edge, part Dolly Parton, part Catherine Deneuve.” The M.A.C. Cosmetics team kept models’ faces clean for a fresh look but gave a nod to country singers with a peachy glow on the cheeks and blue eye shadow. Separated lower lashes offered a youthful Twiggy reference, and a low-key bit of gold warmed and highlighted the lips. The simple, soft look beautifully supported Calla’s vision of the young French girl who traveled across the world to pursue her dream.
Fashion designer: Calla Haynes (Paris, France)
Makeup Artists: M.A.C. Cosmetics Team
Lead Hairstylist: Ramona Eschbach, Oribe
Editor in Chief: Semant Jain, Ph.D.
Article Editor: Elizabeth Nash
Fashion Writer: Sophia El-Hayek
Interviewer: Michelle O. Dente