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Seam and Heard: Designer Corey Lynn Calter

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You name it, Corey Lynn Calter has made it—from body gloves and punk dresses for fashion legend Patricia Fields in the '80s to stage frocks for Broadway musicals. In the '90s, she created opulent opera gowns for divine divas in San Francisco, and intricate corsets coveted by drag queens and high-society-girls alike. Finally, in the new millennium, she creates colorful, upbeat, current yet unique pieces for fashion-minded women. Covering up to three or four themes within one season, it’s not surprising to hear that she “gets inspiration from everywhere." Says Calter: "It’s the most fun part of the job. My collections are completely different every time, but somehow people begin to recognize that it’s Corey Lynn Calter. I can’t put my finger on why, but it’s wonderful!”

What inspired your latest collection?
It was all about “Joan Collins from Dynasty meets Native American.” Also, a drawing which the child of a friend of mine gave me—we used it as a pattern.

Who’s the quintessential Corey Lynn Calter woman?
A woman with a strong sense of humor. The collection is very tongue in cheek, I don’t take myself too seriously. I think she has to have some confidence, my clothes are not for the faint of heart.

Who’s your favorite LA designer?
Jeremy Scott, Cynthia Vincent for sweaters, Trina Turk for being a one woman show, that’s so cool.

Who’s your favorite designer overall?
YSL.

What are the advantages of working in LA over working in NYC?
The functionality and convenience of having space here, so I don’t have to deal with a certain level of stress. Also, financially it’s not as hard in LA.

What’s your go-to shopping spot in LA?
Lost and Found, Lake on Rowena Ave in Silver Lake.

What’s the season’s must-have item?
Bright-colored shoes and tights.

The season’s-not-under-any-circumstances – don’t care if you’re Angelina Jolie or Katie Holmes – have item?
Fedora.

Corey Lynn Calter is available at boutiques such as Bleu and Ecookie; for a full list of boutiques, check online. Photos by Christina von Messling. Styling by Melanie de Jesus. Hair by Judy. Makeup by Heather Ford. Model Lena at Photogenics.