September 3 2014

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Corey Is In the House


When done well, rebranding a fashion label is the equivalent of getting a great haircut—all of a sudden, the world seems so shiny and full of possibilities. Corey Lynn Calter recently gave her 13-year-old eponymous line such a makeover by trimming the name down to ‘Corey.’ Last night, the designer officially celebrated the launch with a presentation of her Fall collection at The Jane Hotel Ballroom. So, other than the name, what’s changed? Not much, according to the designer. Calter clarified that ‘Corey’ isn’t some kind of diffusion project. It’s the same edgy, feminine aesthetic at the same contemporary price point. “Everyone is down to 140 characters or less these days, so I figured, why not shorten up? I love having the freedom to still do what I want,” she told Themed “Smoke & Flowers,” the latest lineup had a decidedly moodier, sexier vibe compared to past seasons, and Calter embraced the dark mood with a heady look book shot by Olivia Malone in New Orleans, which debuts here. “I was thinking about what you would wear if you were in an opium den,” Calter continued. Highlights included a leopard print tunic and matching cigarette pants, louche printed silk pajamas, and vampy lace shift dresses—all of which you could imagine Calter’s doe-eyed muse and collaborator Nora Zehetner, who hosted the event, rocking on her relatively laid-back days. Zehetner was joined by Tennessee Thomas, Shiva Rose, and Advanced Style’s Ilona Smithkin, who all came out to toast Corey.

Corey is available online at, and at other select retailers.

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The Hills Were Alive, Thanks to L.A.’s Fred Hayman


Lauded by some as the man responsible for transforming Rodeo Drive into the international shopping destination that it is today, Fred Hayman is the subject of Rose Apodaca’s equally sunny new tome, The Extraordinary Difference: The Story of Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Glamour, and the Showman Who Sold It All. “It’s not just a biography but a history book of L.A.’s evolution. Fred’s role, not just in retail but in so many other areas, really is the evolution and intersection of Los Angeles style, entertainment, and fashion,” Apodaca told She and Hayman (above, with Corey Lynn Calter) were being fêted by friends and fans at the new Caulfield’s, just a few short blocks from where his legendary Giorgio Beverly Hills boutique once stood, among them, co-hosts Arianne Phillips (the costume designer of Tom Ford’s A Simple Man and longtime Madonna stylist) and Jeremy Scott.

Phillips was among many who came to meet the retail revolutionary and Hollywood legend (he was the Academy Awards’ fashion coordinator). “The way that Fred understood Hollywood and costume designers and also had a retail business was admirable and quite innovative at the time,” she said. For his part, Hayman played coy. When asked how he felt about all of the newfound attention the book has brought, Hayman seemed content. “I don’t give it much thought. It’s just been wonderful times.”

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