The model board at Kaelen must have read something along the lines of “be ethereally intense and look amazing in these gorgeous clothes,” because that’s pretty much what the models were doing. It was a calm atmosphere at Kaelen, despite the thumping music and crowd of people, and the clothes fit the mood while still standing out as the obvious main attraction
CHIC AND COMFORTABLE
One of the first looks I came upon the small, low-lit Drive-In Studios consisted of a cascading sheer shirt with drawstring waist over hotpants paired with an oversized tangerine tee. It really was a look one could imagine themselves falling asleep in, then waking up, pairing with heels (or flats if you’re model-tall) and running out the door.
The pajama-inspired trend brings to mind the Linda Evangelista quote, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” As models stood lazily around in silky jumpsuits, delicately patterned maxi dresses, slouchy tanks, and open knits, there was a feeling of chic superiority. Even though they were dressed more casually than most of the guests, the luxe fabrics, classic cuts, and model’s cool attitudes made the outfits that much more desirable. Really, I’m sure New York-based newcomer Kaelen Farncombe is about to become a big hit. (Psst…you can purchase her Fall collection at Shopbop.)
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Although it was difficult for us viewers to pull our eyes away from the stunning models’ silver-lined eyes (more about that later), when we did, we realized the magic continued all the way down to the floor. Maxi skirts and dresses were tied at the sides in delicate knots, an asymmetrically cut dress was draped in small ruffles, a sleeveless button-down dress was tied at the waist with an orange sash. The shoes were strappy, wrapped, wood-heeled sandals in off white. And the headpieces! Black feathers stood at the end of thin pieces of wire attached to headbands, making the looks seem exotic, the models like rare birds.
The makeup at Kaelen was mostly natural, save for the eyes. Tanned, glowy skin, flushed cheeks, and peachy lips were set off by frosty, silvery-blue eyeshadow that looked both ethereal and ghostly. The models also sported middle parted, silky, stick-straight hair pulled around their faces like a curtain.
Celebrity guests included Gretchen Jones of Project Runway fame, who is way tall, and polite enough to not walk in front of a picture I was taking! Perhaps she really isn’t the dragon lady she was made out to be in the show. I also saw Arabelle of Fashion Pirate. I missed my opportunity to say hello, but I admired her purple milkmaid braids and winged shoes from afar.
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by Heather (headbandit)