Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’13: Kaelen’s Scuba and The City

September 6, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '13

Summary: I love a presentation first thing in the morning. You are actually able to view the clothes up close without throngs of pushy people snapping pictures with their iPhones or photographers setting up directly in front of you pretending they didn’t see you standing there. Most fashion types just don’t rise this early so the first couple of shows are usually sparse, which I prefer. I enjoyed taking the clothes at the Kaelen presentation in leisurely while nodding my head to the beat of a remixed Robyn tune “Dancing On My Own” playing in the background. (Don’t ask how I knew it was Robyn).  I recognized the brand from Shopbop, but didn’t know much about it. So a little research was needed. Designer Kaelen Haworth studied at Parsons and worked for Jenni Kayne and Stella McCartney for a period of time. It all made sense once I saw this collection. She launched her eponymous line in 2010.

Like Stella McCartney this collection is a bit sophisticated and wearable, yet it has an edge. Whenever I see Neoprene I think scuba wear. The stiffness of the fabric isn’t my personal favorite, but I appreciate it has become a more commonly used fabric. So those pieces didn’t resonate with me as much as the graphite rock print and black and white striped silk items did. Especially when paired together. A true Kaelen fan could wear this entire collection day-to-night. There was something for pretty much every occasion. Particularly if you are under 35 and are a city gal to the core.

Colors: nude, yellow, pink, charcoal, black, nude rock print, graphite rock print, black & white stripe

Fabrics & Textures: cotton sateen, jersey, silk, Neoprene, mesh

Key Looks: yellow silk shirt dress; cotton sateen moto jacket and slim pants in graphite rock print paired with a silk stripe print button down shirt; black and nude jersey high-neck gown

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: Second City Style

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