Now, here's something you don't normally see in a Kaelen Haworth collection: pink. Lots of it. I sneak a peek backstage before showtime and am confronted with a sea of pretty pastels and flouncy fashions. A very different direction for this slightly androgynous label. 7:25 p.m.
The space is industrial, gritty, with a smalI runway plunked down in the middle and no chairs. (This is an indie label, people.) Haworth has recently won a spot in the CFDA's Fashion Incubator program, which is devoted to nourishing young NYC fashion labels. Expectations are high. 7:30 p.m. Despite all the ruffles, which adorn everything from tops (creating a sort of faux peplum) to pant legs (offering a flirty take on the tuxedo stripe), elements of the collection exhibit a newfound swagger. Witness the swinging red mohair jacket worn with a pink fur stole.
"I felt a little girly and romantic," says the Canadian designer afterward, though she maintains that she wanted to keep the collection from veering too far into the hypertension ins. "The ruffles are detachable," she says.