Kaelen Fall 2011 Review
Amid an antique, auburn glow surrounded by wood-laden walls, Kaelen Farncombe presented the Kaelen Fall 2011 collection. A rustic, saloon style atmosphere, furnished with kerosene lanterns, a mechanical bull and 3,000 pieces of reclaimed wood, was the ideal stage for the collection which married outlaw cool with prairie princess.
In ‘True Grit’ fashion, the dusky hues of taupe, brown, olive and gray dominated and were punctuated by pops of electric lime, red, teal and cream. Like tumbleweeds, the models glided in and took their spots among a Victorian settee and folding screen.
From chunky sweaters and jackets to stove-pipe pants and long dresses with front-slit hemlines, the collection embodied a nostalgic quality. Old became new again with textured knit and woven wool garments appearing as if they were plucked from the past and re-purposed to create modern-day ranch dressing.
Pleats and asymmetry were peppered throughout, illustrated by a pearl, floor-sweeping dress with bandeau top and accordion pleats along with a color block, double-breasted coat with a long back hem. Reminiscent of the Navajo textiles that inspired much of the collection was a sleeveless, scoop neck, putty-colored suede dress with fringe that cascaded dramatically from mid-thigh to the floor.
Tom Lawless Whiskey was the beverage of choice while songs like ‘Lonesome Town’ by Ricky Nelson recreated the old west, saloon feel.
By Elizabeth Rose
(Images from the collection below)