Chloé Comme Parris Head To California for Spring 2013

The design duo nod to California’s calm and collected state of mind

Ryan Michael Cheung 0
Chloé Comme Parris Spring 2013

Photo by Sam Santos / George Pimentel Photography

Chloé Comme Parris Spring 2013

Photo by Sam Santos / George Pimentel Photography

Chloé Comme Parris Spring 2013

Photo by Sam Santos / George Pimentel Photography

Chloé Comme Parris Spring 2013

Photo by Sam Santos / George Pimentel Photography

“We’re excited to have the pieces we designed for the California girl to actually be available in California,” shared Chloé and Parris Gordon moments after their show at The Collections. The pair have been on a jet set whirlwind presenting their line earlier this year at New York Fashion Week’s GenArt show and previewing their spring offering with top buyers across the US (Fred Segal and Curve are now on their roster). “It was a great experience showing in New York but to be quite honest it didn’t feel that different from Toronto. There was the same backstage chaos, same designer anxiety, same model pulls what have you. It was nice to open up our brand to that market. We brought CCP to NYC!”

And so the twosome relived that experience here at Toronto Fashion Week to show their Cali cool line to their Canadian fan. CCP’s spring show began with light sun washed layers in off the body cuts with micro prints echoing rural imagery and floral emblems. “Our inspiration was Venice Beach skate culture in the ’70s,” shared the designers who gave us a hint earlier this week with a reference shot from the cult film Lord’s of Dogtown. “We think our girl this season can just hop over a fence and get on a skateboard. It’s easy and breezy but sophisticated enough for the modern woman. The spirit of this collection is in that photograph.”

Amongst the washed out wears, our eyes couldn’t help but fall in love with the heavier duty pieces including a tailored sleeveless jacket, ultra slim trousers, leather moto vest and micro shorts to match. “We wanted to show variety. Some pieces are for girls, others can be worn by your mom. Having these different elements in the line help us connect with different age groups and personalities,” shared the business savvy pair.

Speaking of mom, perhaps credit should be given to mother Eve who offered up her college sketch book as inspiration and a resource to the prints used in her daughters collection: “Our mom did these drawings when she was in university so when we were brainstorming for this collection we were flipping through her old sketch books, and we realized we didn’t have to do any new work. We played around with a few shapes and tweaked some and turned them into our prints.”

It wouldn’t be a CCP collection without a nod to the label’s line-up of lustworthy accessories. With no bags in sight (“We’ve taken a pause and we’ll relaunch in a couple years with a strong collection”) we zoomed in on the earrings and body extras on show: “We did a couple ear cuffs again this season. We love the look of covering the entire ear with piercings without actually getting them done. We went from there to create accessories that you can place anywhere.”

Click here to see the entire spring collection from Chloé Comme Parris.

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