Summary: Designer Kaelen Farncombe presented a fairly tonal collection this season. Kaelen included a lot of crushed velvets and macrames in shades of cream, oatmeal and silver. Cropped tops, draped dresses and ink blot prints alluded to a bohemian vibe. Floor to ceiling drapes, wooden trees and feather hair accessories was reminiscent of the 70’s. Overall, the collection was quite simple in color, yet brought an abundance of elaborate texture and design.
Farncombe described eclectic Kaelen SS’12 as “light, but a little Stevie in the woods in the ’70s.” Nymph-like models took the floor in the easy, flowing threads. The collection exudes simplicity, even through intricate knit pieces and mirrored prints. Looks that stood out most, aside from the obvious macrame choice, were the ink blot print shown in numerous dresses, blouses, blazers and bottoms. Identical ink blots opposite the center seam down one dress was like Farncombe folded the fabric in half while the ink was still wet (think: finger-painting as a child and smushing the paper together). While I could have wished for a little more color, Kaelen Spring 2012 embodied true ethereal romance.
Colors: nude, cream, fawn, tan, oat, orange, peach, mint, silver, sunburst, seafoam, white, mirrored prints
Fabrics & Textures: macrame, silk, cotton, pleats, draping, sheer, lace, chiffon, knitted yarn, crushed velvet, fringe
Key Looks: fringe macrame dress in cream tape yarn, cropped tee in orange and draped skirt in peach silk chiffon, cropped tee in seafoam silk noil and raped tank dress in seafoam silk noil
— Allison Merzel
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