Now a converted New Yorker, Kaelen Haworth claims that the culture shock was minimal when she first moved to the “big, bad city” from Canada, where she was born and raised, but the six-floor walk-up? That did take a little getting used to. “I knew I wanted to work in fashion—it was more a narrowing down of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. It just made so much sense to go to New York,” she explains.
So she jumped from an English literature B.A. straight into Parsons and, a scant seven months after graduation, she showed her first collection at New York Fashion Week—yes, whoa. The decision to start her own line wasn’t an easy one to make, but her new home gave her a confidence that she could do, well, anything—even this. “There’s so much opportunity,” she notes. “Every single thing, every encounter could be extremely meaningful.”
At it since 2010, Kaelen says alluring for her isn’t your average bandage dress. “I like to be a little more modern and clean. I like things to have an interesting silhouette,” she says. And while she’s always been heavy on sophistication, her work has begun to take a more custom tone: She’s now working with a graphic designer to create prints, and she’s hand-dying fabrics and incorporating out-of-the-ordinary leathers to achieve what she calls “interesting sexy”—a vibe that would appeal to someone like Chloë Sevigny who really owns her look. “When she’s wearing something, it’s very natural,” Kaelen explains. “It never feels forced.” —jackie variano
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