September 04, 2013
"I wanted the clothes to feel like they stood right at the meeting point of old and new," said Kaelen Haworth at a studio preview of her new Spring collection, which fused traditional menswear-inspired patterns like houndstooth, herringbone, and glen plaid with the designer's downtown sensibility. Haworth gave classic Prince of Wales checks a modern update by splashing them like paint dripping across sporty neoprene separates. She also showed scratchy tweed in decidedly unstuffy ways—on a swingy coat and a cutout-shoulder crop top that had shorn-off, frayed edges—"almost as though they were breaking at the seams." Speaking of seams, Haworth put more of a focus on sharp tailoring than usual. It was apparent in boxy jackets and trenches with double lapels and just the right amount of slouch, as well as a slim, color-blocked sheath dress boasting an exaggerated collar and strong shoulders.