Show Some Skin

Show Some Skin

My print trumpet blowing may be wearing you guys down but that's ok because I'm persistent like that and will keep on blaring it until your ears bleed.  Calla Haynes has a pretty stellar pedigree having worked with Olivier Theyskens at Rochas and Nina Ricci and also knowing a good print or two having collaborated with Jeremy Laing and Alexander Wang.  The Toronto-ite is adding to that group of Canadian fashion roster that Sarah Nicole Prickett summed up very well in this article on the 'CanCon in Paris'.



Incidentally, it was Sarah-Nicole who saved my showroom visit to Callas
by lending me her camera as mine was misplaced.  It's a delicate debut
for Haynes when you first look at it with its pastel colours and
ethereal looking prints.  It's only when you move in closer that the
dresses and separates move in for the kill.  First, there's this
stupendous fish skin loose-fitting jacket that has a pocket going all
the way around it.  Who wants to be trussed up in fishskin?  I hate
eating the stuff but wearing it, is, as I discovered, a whole different
kettle of fish (I laugh at my own pun there…)



Move closer again and it's prints again but rather than going for digital precision, they're painterly, blurred and abstracted from their original source… once again, Haynes uses no side seams for the jacket shapes to give them that loose shape that summer tailoring calls for.  She's also introduced a range of printed separates like loose tees, cropped tops and tunics all doused in these prints or in neutral colours to make this truly a functional capsule collection. 

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Stronger and more sculpted shapes are introduced with these corset dresses that don't rely on boning and rather use mesh/elastic to strap everything in… no boning strips knocking against my rib cage…

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I look forward to seeing more from CanCon's newest addition seeing as she's managed to convert me to non-edible fishskin…


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  1. selvi

    2009-10-13 at 3:20 PM

    uuu……love it!!! esp the fish skin!!

  2. Gem Fatale

    2009-10-13 at 3:23 PM

    Great stuff! I love the sound of a corset structure sans bones! They drive me mad.
    Stop by my blog if you’d like to enter my competition to win a Liberty bag 🙂

  3. kelly

    2009-10-13 at 3:24 PM

    ohhhh! i thought it was snake skin! but it is fish! so new to me!

  4. dukeandlarn

    2009-10-13 at 3:24 PM

    so feminine, loving the soft pastels!! I can also spot the COS bracelet…

  5. tuyetrinh

    2009-10-13 at 3:26 PM

    where can you get those clothes (A) I WANT!
    So cute :$ Keep on the good work xx


    2009-10-13 at 3:31 PM

    fish skin???I like it!!!Congratulations for your blog!!I like it!!!

  7. malu

    2009-10-13 at 3:32 PM

    I LOVE your blog!
    You have such a great style:D

  8. Evija

    2009-10-13 at 3:42 PM


  9. Laura

    2009-10-13 at 4:22 PM

    I love all of this… I really like the printed leggings! 🙂
    The jacket looks good on you !!!
    So much work seems to have gone into these pieces but you can really tell!!!

  10. amanda

    2009-10-13 at 4:43 PM

    those jackets are so beautiful- love them w/o a side seam, creates more volume that way

  11. WendyB

    2009-10-13 at 4:44 PM

    I was once entranced by a pair of fish skin shoes. A jacket is even more spectacular.

  12. Valerie

    2009-10-13 at 4:46 PM

    That fish skin Jacket is amazing!

  13. dy

    2009-10-13 at 4:49 PM

    i love the last dress with the little white tee over it.

  14. MJ

    2009-10-13 at 5:51 PM

    Fish don’t even look this good in fish skin! I love that jacket, it’s truly amazing. 🙂

  15. caroline

    2009-10-13 at 6:28 PM

    No seams in the jacket? lovely dresses who doesn’t rely on boning? I feel there’s some liberating going on.

  16. Becca

    2009-10-13 at 6:47 PM

    these garments are absolutely beautiful. that jacket is beyond amazing

  17. Bargain Bex

    2009-10-13 at 9:43 PM

    The painted-on fabrics and colors are GOREGEOUS! And don’t even get me started on the chic-ness of the corsets. Lovely.

  18. Bargain Bex

    2009-10-13 at 9:45 PM

    Sidenote: Please excuse my spelling error which should read GORGEOUS instead of the extra ‘e’ with my original post. Thank you.
    p.s. Still drooling over (and wanting) the corsets. Yum.

  19. Brigadeiro

    2009-10-13 at 10:25 PM

    A M A Z I N G ! ! !
    I’m in love with the ‘fish’ jacket…the textures, soft colours, gorgeous!

  20. KD

    2009-10-13 at 11:02 PM

    That’s amazing! A few months ago I saw a museum exhibit featuring a salmon skin dress and cape designed by Isaac Mizrahi, and since then I have been trying to convince my peers that fish skin is the leather of the future. I love this collection and the fish skin jacket is stunning!

  21. All Women Stalker

    2009-10-13 at 11:13 PM

    Corsets that look that great but do not have boning..Hmmm..The seamstress in me is very intrigued. Were you able to find your camera?

  22. Nickie Frye

    2009-10-14 at 12:04 AM

    Love the grayscale jacket, the watercolor-ish tee, & the sketchy skirt. Will live without the corset pieces, though.

  23. Friend in Fashion

    2009-10-14 at 2:12 AM

    Gorgeous collection – love the first image of the fish skin teamed with all neutrals – fabulous!
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  24. Michael

    2009-10-14 at 8:40 AM

    These are all fantastic! Makes me think of “trip to the sea.”
    How well do you know Sarah-Nicole?? I only interned at FASHION briefly, but she seems totally amazing.

  25. Clare

    2009-10-14 at 9:18 AM

    Why on earth do I like that fish skin jacket?! It should be wrong, but I really really like it. The colours and the textures are perfect! Loving those corsets as well. I bet they would be so much more comfortable than the standard boned ones.


    2009-10-14 at 10:55 AM

    This is why I love your blog Susie, I always discover designers I hadn’t heard of before (yes, I’m ashamed to say that includes Calla Haynes!) She’s amazing, those prints and textures! Thanks, I will look out for her label now.x

  27. E

    2009-10-14 at 1:54 PM

    omg omg omgg is there a website or something opening up soon? <3
    please tell me asap

  28. Isabel

    2009-10-14 at 5:51 PM

    This is absolutely marvelous! It makes me proud to be Canadian.

  29. emily

    2009-10-14 at 10:12 PM

    i absolutely love the fabric of the dresses and skirt!

  30. jetblackdye

    2009-10-15 at 1:44 PM

    i rly rly like th first photo alot 🙂

  31. Niki Tapscott

    2009-11-11 at 8:27 AM

    So beautiful! can’t wait to try on a fabulous dress!

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