Kaelen Fall 2014: Pretty, ruffled and pink all over. The downtown girl goes feminine for fall

Kaelen Fall 2014
Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani
Kaelen Fall 2014
Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

See the Kaelen Fall 2014 collection »

Pretty, ruffled and pink all over—it was clear from Kaelen Haworth’s first look out the gate that this would not be the slouchy, downtown, all-black-everything Kaelen girl we were used to seeing. Though Haworth was quick to point out, “it’s a pant suit ruffle, so it’s not a 100 per cent lady ruffle.”

Indeed, the “not extremely feminine” designer made a point of countering each surprising new flounce of femininity (eyelets, ruffles, pink!), with a touch of grounding masculinity (squid ink dye, menswear fabric, a flash of silver zipper). And for Kaelen fans not ready to commit to full-on femininity, many of the extraneous frills, ruffles and peplums zipper off for a slightly toned down take on the girlier original.

Mixing was a key theme for Haworth this season. Feminine/masculine aside, her most successful looks mixed colour, fabric and texture in unexpected ways: a skirt that combined a pixilated nature print with a graphic woven raffia, a fluffy white mohair cardigan paired with a pleated black skirt, or a pink fox fur stole tossed glamorously over the shoulder of a red mohair coat—a classic colour clash that felt utterly fresh and modern. With or without the ruffle.