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A Beautiful Mess...

As a designer, I look for inspiration and beauty in everything, even the most unlikely of places. As sad as these images are they hold my attention and look quite exquisite…


 I especially like these aerial views of this airplane graveyard


Computers and Televisions 

If it weren't so sad it would almost be beautiful. Almost 300 million dumped each year

These spider web images are just so spectacular with all of the vibrant colors. A reminder of the wonders of nature and the circle of life.

xo corey    


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Audrey Kitching Paints It Black ( And White) in Corey Lynn Calter

Blogger and pink lady extraordinaire Audrey Kitching spent a day playing dress up in Corey Lynn Calter at a studio in Downtown Los Angeles last week. The shoot consisted of an all white palette and was inspired by screen sirens of the past. Audrey had no problem getting into character and channeling the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Tate, Brigitte Bardot and even debuted a dramatic new look a la Peggy Moffitt! 

Doll Parts: Audrey wears a custom CLC corset and layered tulle skirt ( stylists own shoes)

Audrey called this look “couture fairy tale with an edge” and told us she felt like a pretty toy with the perfect dress. We couldn't agree more!

Bardot meets Birkin: a CLC lace tunic ( available Spring 2011) and a fresh magenta flower are all a girl really needs…

This look was one of Audrey's personal favorites of the day ( including the YSL rose shoes she is seen wearing)! She told us the look was “classically beautiful” and the lace mini is to die for!

Inspired by a series of Marilyn Monroe shots, Audrey wears a CLC lace wrap and hand embroidered “Adrianna” wrap sweater ( available Holiday 2010). Bracelets by Arrow Leary, ring Van Cleef  and Arpels courtesy of Corey's closet.

 Audrey loved this soft, barefoot, tousled morning look. She professed that she would never take this sweater off it were Fall!

Bobbed Beauty: Audrey debuts a new look channeling 60's icons like Peggy Moffitt and Chantal Goya!

 Audrey shows off her new look in CLC's “Genie” mini dress (available Holiday 2010), Prada chandelier heels and a vintage head piece.

“This look was amazing”, says Audrey. Famous for her pink locks, she loved playing dress up in the black wig for all the world to see!

Just because… we love this beauty shot and how sweet Audey looks agains the backdrop of an industrial elevator.

Check back on CLC's Bees Knees for  behind the scenes shots of Audrey's shoot


Photographer: Nat Sin

Stylist: Emilie Pereira

Make Up and Hair: Kimberly Pletz

Kimberly Pletz / Facebook

Audrey Kitching Blog


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New York Magazine Online Interview


Corey Lynn Calter’s Designs Are Not for Wimps


Corey Lynn Calter has Patricia Field to credit for plucking her from obscurity in the early nineties. Back then, Calter was the “guest-list girl” at the Ritz, sewing her own clothes and crafting accessories out of her kitchen. After spotting her out at various events, Field invited Calter to bring some of her designs into the store. She started selling a line of corsets, Milkmade, in 1992, which led to a three-year stint creating elaborate costumes for the San Francisco Opera. Eventually she relocated to L.A. to launch her own eponymous line, Corey Lynn Calter, in 2000.

Now Calter's work is stocked in stores across the country — including TG-170 and Barneys in New York — and has a slew of collaborations in the works: She's unveiling a limited-edition dress forTarget in August  and collaborating on another exclusive dress with Gravity and Breaking Bad star Krysten Ritter for her spring collection. We chatted with the designer about her penchant for mood-boosting prints, the power of a pretty dress, and begrudgingly relinquishing the double-C logo.

How did the collaboration with Krysten Ritter come about?
A stylist friend of hers first recommended she take a look at CLC, and I'm just a huge fan of hers. I love her face, of course, but on top of that she's super-cool: girly but a little punky; adorable and smart. We've been lucky enough to draw some of these confident, fashion-forward girls who don't feel like they always have to wear “serious” fashion. 

What's the inspiration behind your label?
It's definitely quirky and playful. People aren't coming to me for basics — they get their black pants at Theory, then they come to me for the fluff.

What kind of person wears your designs?

Someone who's a little excited to talk about what she's wearing. I have this great planet print for spring 2011, with this giant Saturn on it. You can't be a wimpy girl and wear it. You're also not going to be in a shitty mood when you wear it. There's a confidence to our girl; she's already coming to the table with quite a bit of taste.


Who are your favorite designers?
I have a real weakness for YSL and vintage. And Dries van Noten is so beautiful to look at — no one does color like that.

What's the first designer item you bought?
An oversize blue button-up silk shirt from Comme des Garçons in the late eighties. I'm sure I wore it with white Doc Martens. 

Where do you shop?
For the most part, it's the Rose Bowl Flea Market and eBay mixed with Chanel. Those two Cs really screwed up my ability to use the double-C logo, by the way. 

How would you describe your personal style?
My clothes are an expression of playfulness — it's dress-up. I really enjoy and love clothes. Today I'm wearing a gauze blouse, a puffy skirt, giant leopard wedge shoes, and a big bun. Yesterday it was a mini-shift with Chanel flats. 

What trends are you appreciating now?
I love Victorian and anything with an heirloom detail. I like how it elevates certain things to be a little more precious and knocks down precious things to make them more grounded.

What trends are you ready to see retired?
I live in L.A.: talk about beating trends into the ground. I'm sick of tough girls — they look a little too hard. This sounds so corny, but boys love girls in pretty dresses.

What's one item you're saving to buy?
A classic Chanel caviar bag. I'm finally old enough to buy it. 

What should every woman have in her closet?
A pretty, feminine dress for those occasions that really call for it. The right dress can really alter a night's events.

What's something you never leave the house without?
My sketchbook to write down ideas — even shitty ideas — because I have a horrible memory. I keep it by my bed at night. True story: A friend of mine passed away in 1992, and I had a dream about her. She said, “I've learned the secret to life, and all you need to do to be happy is this … ” I woke up and thought, Of course I'm going to remember this, and I didn't write it down. I've been trying to remember what she said ever since

Thank you New York Mag for the great interview!

xo Corey

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Welcome To CLC's Bees Knees!

(phrase origins)

The phrase “the bees knees”, meaning “the height of excellence”, became popular in the U.S. in the 1920's, along with “the cat's whiskers” ( possibly from the use of these in radio crystal sets), “the cat's pajamas” ( pyjamas were still new enough to be daring), and similar phrases which made less sense and didn't endure: “the eel's ankle”, “the elephant's instep”, “the snake's hip”. Stories in circulation about the phrase's origin include: “b's and e's”, short for “be-alls and end-alls” ; and a corruption of “business”.

Source: [ Mark Israel, 'Phrase Origins: “the bee's knees , The alt.usage.english FAQ file,(line 4407), (29 Sept 1997)]


In our case the Bee's Knees was inspired by the tattoos of bees I have on my knees done by the talented Bob Roberts here in Los Angeles, also the artist of my smallest and favorite tattoo. Now the place where me and the girls on my staff can ramble on about all things CLC and more…

Thanks for checking it out, visit us regularly for updates, cocktail recipes, music inspiration, cool new eats and daily thoughts.

xoxo Corey

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Change Is In The Air At CLC...

It has been a great summer so far, there are so many exciting changes happening here at Corey Lynn Calter.

PR showroom 5
Our new press showroom

PR showroom 1
This is where the lovely Miss Shana Honeyman ( director of PR) resides, isn't she cute?! Is that a real phone call? :)



 Here is my new design area, ahhhh finally a home for all of my research

and more stuff…  

xo corey