Corey Lynn Calter: Fashion Designer

Corey Lynn Calter: Fashion Designer

This Fashion Designer Sketches A Quality List With A Touch Of Quirk

ELAINE SAYS: Let me start by saying, you have to love a fashion designer who's inspiration history includes, "granny meets punk rock". Corey Lynn Calter has many sides and represents a creatively rich cocktail of experiences and influences that define the aesthetic she has today. Old world family artisanship, a fine arts education, coming-of-age in the punk scene and an innate love of vintage and victorian style. All of these elements converge, refining the voice of this LA-based designer and her eponymous label, COREY LYNN CALTER Now, adding wife and mom to her list of accomplishments and influences, she's doing better than ever. Currently in more than 200 stores from Barney's to Nordstrom, she also has a line of housewares (oh, I'd love to do that!) at Anthropologie and she continues to dress style-cenctric celebs with unique fashion perspectives like, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba and Zooey Deschanel. I love the variety and unpredictability that is Corey and I think it shows in her clothes and in this fun list of unique finds.

  1. Brows By A Guru: Kristie Streicher at Warren Tricomi kristie streicher browsVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Kristie Streicher at Warren Tricomi 8327 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood [West Melrose, WeHo]For a pick me up, I visit Kristie Streicher at Warren Tricomi every few months for brow rehab.  A little tint and a little tweeze makes a huge difference. Kristie is my brow guru!
  2. Hair Brick And Mortar: Jorge Serrano at Chris McMillan Salon chris mcmillan salonVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Jorge Serrano at Chris McMillan Salon 8944 Burton Way, Beverly Hills [BH]Time flies in the chair with Jorge Serrano at Chris McMillan Salon. He does the only highlights that feel right for me, or are they lowlights?  Well, all I know is that I like them!
  3. A Trailer Park With "Klass": Hicksville Trailer Palace hicksville trailer palace weekend getawayVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Joshua TreeI love to get away to unique places.  Little known, but not for long, is Hicksville Trailer Palace.  The funky restro community, made up of uniquely decorated airstream trailers.  You can even rent the whole place.
  4. Gifts That Last: LACMA + MOCA Gift Shops lacma storeVISIT LACMA WEBSITE | VISIT MOCA WEBSITEMuseum gift shops have some of the most unique and inspired gifts.  You are guaranteed to find something for grandma like a Louise Bourgeois Tea Towel from MOCA or a Ruby Lips Pin at LACMA for your best friend.
  5. Shopping Is Golden: Gold Bug in Pasadena golden bug pasadenaVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Golden Bug 22 East Union Street, Pasadena [Pasadena]Gold Bug in Pasadena is filled with unique collections of dark items with humor.  Bug playing cards under glass and hand blown absinthe fountains by artist, Andy Paiko, fill every nook.  I can spend a few hours in there and a few bucks too!
  6. Plan Ahead For Family-Friendly Fun: Barnsdall barnsdall wine tastingVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Barnsdall 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood [Hollywood]Barnsdall Wine Tasting is the best way to connect with friends and your kids at the same time.  The outdoor hill top setting is beautiful, the DJ's are excellent and the wine is tasty.  Bring blankets, snacks and the company...the rest is supplied.  Food trucks frequent the event as well.  Make sure to buy tickets in advance, though.  It's held every Friday in the summer, so you'll have to wait till June for the next one....but it will be worth it!
  7. Not So Take-Out, Take-Out: Forage in Silverlake forage silverlakeVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Forage 3823 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles [Silverlake]It's not In-and-Out Burger but it's the best gourmet take-out in town.  Forage is located in Sliverlake and promotes sustainable eats and local produce.  The menu changes, so you keep coming back for more.  The desserts are not to be missed!  You can eat there as well.
  8. Ethnic Fix: Highlights of Little India sarisLOVLEEN LOCATION: 8507 Pioneer Boulevard, Artesia [Little India, Artesia] | BOMBAY SPICE MARKET LOCATION: 18626 Pioneer Boulevard, Artesia [Little India, Artesia]Every now and then, I hop in the car and drive 30 minutes to Artesia, best known for it's densely packed but small, Indian community.  Pioneer Boulevard is lined with Sari Shops and Restaurants.  My favorite is Lovleen Sari Palace, for everything from antique sari's to drums. Bobay Spices is also a fun spot to find unusual items and colorful party supplies.
  9. A Vintage Victory: Shareen Vintage, Downtown Los Angeles shareen vintageVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Shareen 1721 North Spring Street, Los AngelesShareen Vintage is a go-to for the perfect vintage frock.  Great selection and it's in Downtown LA.  Check their hours and times...they are not open every day....probably out shopping for more great finds!
  10. Not Just Smoke and Mirrors: The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel the bazaar sls hotelVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: The Bazaar 465 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles [South La Cienega, Mid City]For a real dining experience, I like The Bazaar by Jose Andres. Located at the SLS Hotel, the menu is filled with a twisted tapas selection. The combos are sometimes strange but super yummy and the drinks are made at your table using dry ice, becoming smoky entertainment as well.  It's interesting to look at all the quirky details in every corner.

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