Drive In Studios in New York’s hot meatpacking district was completely transformed into a wild west saloon for the Fall 2011 Kaelen presentation. From the wood walls, to the whiskey bar, the dusty décor set the background for a ruggedly refined collection inspired by a world far away from New York City. And Did I mention the mechanical bull that was in motion during the show?
But the clothes were a bit more understand than my first steps into the saloon had anticipated. Of course there were the obvious grey fringe suede skirt, but that’s as close to cowboy as the collection came. Casual pieces such wool bloom shorts, heavy oversized coats and knubby knit dresses along with soft Victorian style pieces like a citron colored long shirt dress, silk maxi skirts and gowns with accordion pleats, which have been popping up a lot this season.
Olive was a dominate color, as well as organic hues like sand, grey and chocolate. Many of these pieces looked like prairie hand me downs but with modern design lines slipped in like a sharp red structured blazer, dolman sleeved sweater dress and fitted khaki trousers to freshened up the show. Although not glamours by an means, the very wearable collection is effortlessly stylish and sensible. It’s western, wearable and a tad whimsical. And while my personal aesthetic is typically a little more polished, I found myself wanting to throw on one of the oversized sweaters, find a fireplace and drink whiskey. Yeehaw.