Examiner.com was on the scene at the Fall 2013 presentation by Kaelen at Pier 59. Launched in 2010, Kaelen is the namesake brand of New York City based designer Kaelen Haworth. A graduate of the New School’s Parsons School of Design, Kaelen’s designs reflect her vision of crisp, classic, clean, and sophisticated style. Using mostly neutral colors, there were a lot of greys and blacks in the presentation, but color was found in the usage of dark gold, maroon, lavender, and pale pink in some of the pieces. Featuring a healthy range of chic stylistic choices, everything from dresses to pants, and shirts, to cardigans and jackets were presented. The intersection of menswear and womenswear and how that convergence is designed was exciting to see in the presentation.
Held in an airy loft space painted all white and overlooking the Hudson River, the presentation itself reflected the vibe of the designs, crisp and clean. The models stood on bleachers while guests passed by them to observe and photograph them. A DJ was also on site to provide the mood for the guests, whom sipped their Perrier waters during the presentation.
For Fall 2013, designer Kaelen Haworth toyed with the idea of a traditional school uniform infused with stylings from "The Craft" for her namesake collection, KAELEN. With the cool girls and their cliques in mind, Haworth elevated the uniform creating sophisticated, sporty silhouettes, softened through the use of peony printed organza fabrics resulting in cleaned-up grunge. The dichotomy of sporty/feminine, masculine/feminine is again present as it has been in past seasons.
Additional reporting by Moshe Alpert-Eschbach