When Kaelen Haworth graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in English, the desire to pursue a career in fashion design pulled her by the seams. The Toronto native traveled to New York City to attend Parsons, The New School for Design, as a way to segue into the fashion industry. In 2011, Haworth made her fashion debut, presenting her eponymous collection during NYFW. From there, the newcomer became a member of the CFDA Incubator Class of 2014-2016, receiving a great deal of recognition from major fashion publications, such as Style.com, as well as securing a nomination as a U.S. Finalist for the Woolmark Regional Prize, for her ability to reconstruct basic silhouettes into original works of art. Haworth is known for juxtaposing soft prints, patterns and colors with bold geometric lines, which is a consistent motif that is used in her work.
Kaelen’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection epitomizes sophistication, simplicity and modernity with a slight whiff of both the 40s and 90s style permeating through it. The majority of her line explores a cascade of bright hues, such as bubblegum pink, forest green, tangerine and soft lilac to keep the collection energetic and youthful. Kaelen plays on the dichotomy of masculine and feminine by mixing metallic, shimmering fabrics with simple separates to create pairings like vertically striped color blocked shirts with high waist trousers and cropped jackets in woven yarn with body con skirts. Her innovative use of luxurious wool and fur is not only evident in the supple body suits and cardigans, but also in the accessories. The cocoon skirts, one-sleeved shirt dresses, two-toned jackets and floral prints juxtaposing bold perpendicular lines and geometric patterns is indicative of the type of women who Haworth envisions wearing her collection –particular and unique. Kaelen’s label presents an innovative and creative element that’s undeniably fresh and conversational, which also offers a great deal of practicality with a cinematic punch.