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Review Roundup: Kaelen, Sandy Liang and Carlos Campos

It’s New York Fashion Week, which means the Fashionista team is running around town like crazy to bring you the best of what’s new from the city’s brightest designers. Read on for our first-hand report on the latest from the runways, and click here for even more reviews.


Kaelen Haworth's designs always start with the fabrics. "I'm such a fabric freak... Until I have the fabric, I don't know what the silhouette will be," she said at her spring 2015 collection presentation in downtown Manhattan Wednesday. There, resin-coated white linen jackets, vests and skirts were zippered (literally) to woven, peach-colored raffia with fringed hems. Further down the line, grid-printed separates gave way to Gibson Girl stripes and a green botanical print. And though Haworth is a self-proclaimed fabric freak, her silhouettes help set her apart: Her garments are tailored, but she's not afraid to play with volume, and a petal-shaped wrap belt on an understated jumpsuit is the kind of thoughtful detail that customers love her for. -- Lauren Indvik

Sandy Liang

Bubblegum pink fur coats might have made her a label to watch last February, when everyone from Soo Joo Park and Kate Foley was donning them to brave the NYFW snow, but there's a lot more to Sandy Liang. The young designer (she just graduated from Parsons last year) presented a spring collection filled with downtown New York staples, from a burgundy leather jacket to light wash jeans with "earring" crystal embellishments. There was also a mink popsicle pouch that will likely have a long wait list to buy, a flippy blush midi skirt that even the most uptown girl could love, and a tie back white blouse that every girl south of 14th Street will want to wear come June. 

When it came to branching out from her signature furs Liang explained, "I had to ask myself, 'What do I wear during the springtime and summertime?' It was jean shorts and bra tops. But I think leather jackets work in New York City all the time. You're always going to want to buy that or see that in a store. I think I design with a shopper's perspective, sort of... I like to design piece by piece, so like this jacket will lead me to this skirt will lead me to this skirt will lead me to this pant." We're buying it. -- Steff Yotka

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Carlos Campos

With an eye towards minimal, Latin-influenced menswear and a knack for monochromatic bolds (think less head-to-toe black and grey, and primary blue suiting), Honduran designer Carlos Campos has looked to the designs of Spanish architect Santiago Caltrava, the New York City Ballet and even the geek-tech uniforms of Star Trek for past inspiration. This season, the look was ultra-polished sportswear, with athletic-styled sweaters, shirting and ultra-tailored sweatsuit options -- the first for a designer more known for formalwear than lounge separates. Almost every piece included a sharp, graphic striped pattern in a new iteration for a very modern look. Of course, there were a few impeccably cut suits on view, too. What Campos collection could be compete without a deep blue, cropped three-piece on hand? -- Ashley Simpson