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story by Sia-Alika Battle
photos by Aya & Ned Rosen
Toronto native Kaelen Farncombe, recently married and now Kaelen Haworth, first introduced her eponymous line Kaelen in 2010 with signature bias hemlines and sharp pleats. These are found in the Spring 2012 set, but the collection as a whole takes our image of this designer in new directions. She uses fresh fabrics to express her clean silhouettes, saying she is inspired by touching the materials and letting the design flow from the feel of the fabric. This approach can be seen in an ethereal draped pocket dress in cream crushed velvet and a tie front dress in nude crinkle cotton.
“Soft, Romantic, Modern,” are key words Mrs. Haworth uses to describe this collection. Layered tunics bring to mind a contemporary woodland nymph with macramé floating over soft silk. She also adds a hint of “weird” with the addition of Rorschach print pieces and bold horizontal striped suits and dresses. The collection has a wearable dreamy aesthetic that appeals to the bohemian within.