Sometimes in the midst of of all the serious FASHION, it’s nice to see some clothes that are just nice, wearable and cool. As the crowd filtered into the Pier 59 studio space from the Karen Walker runway show next door, you could tell they felt the same way.
The models were arranged side-by-side in an L-shape in one corner of the presentation, which means there was plenty of space to mingle and chill while ’90s-tinged indie rock like Wavves blasted in the background.
The clothes were similarly chill and ’90s-tinged, but still special and interesting. “I wanted it to feel like variations on a uniform…with a lot of attitude,” designer Kaelen Haworth told us, citing Virgin Suicides and The Craft as points of reference. “It’s a little 90s,” she admitted, “but in the sense that I wanted to make it sophisticated grunge as opposed to straight up grunge.”
Thus, an otherwise sporty sweatshirt was made out of organza and printed with a gorgeous, delicate peony photo print. Swoon. Metallic quilted sweatshirts and wool bombers were equally desirable. Organza button-downs were tied around many waists. On the more formal end of the spectrum, we really, really liked a floor-length black jacquard gown.
Kaelen’s signature edgy, easy-to-wear, loose-fitting silhouettes also abounded in shift dresses, moto vests and cocoon coats. What she did experiment with was laser-cut leather, which, while interesting, just didn’t have the same appeal as her more practical items.