Kaelen Haworth’s “favorite thing” is fabric. It was the focal point of her latest collection — shown during a casual Chinatown presentation where guests were offered LaCroix and fortune cookies — one that emphasized refined, feminine silhouettes in silk faille and crepe, linen and stretch jersey.
Haworth admitted she gets caught up in novelty textiles and aimed for a more classic lineup this season while refining her label’s signature styles. But simple didn’t equate to boring; one elegant black silk sleeveless midi dress, which appeared plain from the front, featured decorative lace-up detailing and oversize grommets in the back. Haworth’s pleated yellow linen slit skirt, paired with a coordinating bell sleeve blouse, invoked an easy, romantic charm. Ditto to a cropped black jacket covered in metallic cherries.
More maximalist was a long-sleeve turtleneck top and skirt set covered in an allover yellow floral pattern, which recalled a style Drew Barrymore might have worn in the Nineties. “I wanted to keep the silhouettes simple, so that it wouldn’t skew too retro, which is my nightmare,” Haworth said.