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Thirty fantastic prints from Calla Haynes’s spring/summer 2012 show at the Ritz-Carlton

The second show of the “ShOws” series held at the Ritz Carlton was by Torontonian Calla Haynes and her eponymous line Calla. The 29-year-old was once a Havergal girl, though she has lived in Paris for the past eight years, working with huge names like Olivier Theyskens and Nina Ricci before launching her own line. Tommy Ton, fresh from a gruelling stint covering the myriad fashion weeks before Toronto, was spotted with designer Jeremy Laing, model Coco Rocha, James Conran, style guru and columnist Karen Von Hahn and, obviously, scores of fashion media. Check out Haynes’s amazing prints in our spring/summer 2012 gallery after the jump.

The show kicked off with a sheer lemon-yellow floor-length shirt-dress (complete with detailing on the cuff) that we think will please any modern-day Laura Ingalls Wilder—but what we really dug was the bounty of sheer dresses, including one in pale pink, a trench with yellow back panels, a blue and white sundress with a slight puff at the hips, a silkscreened flower on a simple T-shirt and tuxedo jackets with a floral pattern inside the arm. Haynes designs her own prints, and they were everywhere: striped, vertical lines on the dresses, floral motifs on cuffs and skirts and an almost acid-washed look on a black and grey denim jacket and pant (if it wasn’t denim, Haynes did a very good job of making it look like it was). The sole disappointment was a flouncy yellow top paired with a printed skirt (the skirt, we liked) that looked a little too Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion for us. After the show, we met Haynes’s father, who talked to everyone in the room, from Laing to style scribe Sarah Nicole Prickett, never forgetting to boast that the tie he was wearing was one of his daughter’s designs. Hey, if the girl can get a middle-aged straight dude to wear a dusty pink tie, she’s got to be doing something right.

Click to check out the impressive prints from Calla spring/summer 2012 »