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August 30 2014

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3 posts tagged "Katharine Polk"

The Next Big Thing: Houghton Fall ’14

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Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

Houghton

Label: Houghton, designed by Katharine Polk

Need to know: Staying the course, designer Katharine Polk upped the volume for Fall with a collection inspired by Houghton’s perennial muse, silver-screen icon Katharine Hepburn. Not a simple feat—after all, how easy is it to abide by Hepburn’s boyish aesthetic and still win the approval of pretty young things AnnaSophia Robb and Dascha Polanco, both at yesterday’s show? Sure as fire, Polk returned with sweeping silhouettes and cinched-in waists in neutral shades of camel, charcoal, black, and ivory. “There goes my morning wake-up call,” mused Kelly Rowland from the front row. Was it her cell phone alarm or the crowd buzzing?

With in-house production now in place, Polk said that she was finally free to concentrate on draping. The overall mood was of drama and texture, reinforced by the elephant sleeves on gowns and high-waisted trousers with inverted pleating. But the collection’s biggest draw was the trenchcoat—oversized and warm in silk jacquards and mohair. Other notable pieces included Breton-stripe tops, polka-dot dresses in shimmery chiffon, and a hefty motorcycle jacket. A season of menswear classics distilled with a soft, feminine charm is upon us.

She says: “This season was a new kind of voyage,” said Polk. “I really went for a lot of volume.”

Where to find it: Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, Albright NYC, houghtonnyc.com for inquiries.

Photo: Courtesy of Houghton

The Next Big Thing: Houghton, Spring ’14

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Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

Houghton

Label: Houghton, designed by Katharine Polk

Need to know: Imbuing Katharine Hepburn’s unfettered spirit has been Houghton’s calling card ever since the brand launched last year. Deceptively easy yet feminine, Houghton’s wares quickly earned fresh-faced celebrity fans, including Lucy Hale, Selena Gomez, and Dascha Polanco.

Stylist-cum-designer Katharine Polk extolls the value of simple, effortless dressing with Spring ’14, taking cues from a recent trip to Miami. She confessed to having sketched the entire collection poolside. Pleated tunics and basketweave dresses (each handwoven and crafted using as many as a hundred strips) recalled lounge chairs and the swaying of palm trees. Elsewhere, there were drop-waist dresses and jumpers in a minimal palette of gray, mint, white, and black. Embroidery with gold threading, which appeared on everything from bikini tops to the collaborative Birkenstock sandals, was a nice punctuation. But it was the onslaught of shimmery chiffon gowns, which, catching hold of the Hudson River wind from the catwalk of the Standard Hotel’s balcony, really succeeded in bringing Miami to New York.

She says: “I always describe her [Houghton girl] as a ‘tomboy in a gown,’ ” said Polk. She then added, “She’s someone who really appreciates fashion and quality—she’ll wear the gown, but wear it with flats.”

Where to find it: Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, Albright NYC, and Houghtonnyc.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Houghton

A Runway, A Seam, And A Dream: We Check In With 11 NYFW Newcomers

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Season in and season out, newcomers join the New York fashion week schedule, determined to make a name for themselves. Succeeding takes a great deal of talent, tenacity, business savvy, and a solid stroke of luck, but even Alexander Wang was just a Parsons dropout with a dream a few years back. Over the past several weeks, Style.com met with a slew of this year’s hopefuls to preview their forthcoming collections, and there are a few we’re particularly keen on. Brandon Sun did time at Oscar de la Renta and J. Mendel before setting out on his own just over a year ago. His luxe furs are already selling at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks, and his tweedy column dresses for Spring should connect with buyers, too. After skipping out on presentations for the past two seasons, Jonathan Simkhai is back on the circuit with a sporty lineup (pictured) full of board shorts and shifts. Other notables include Houghton’s Katharine Polk, who offers cool, printed silk separates à la Céline, and Tanya Taylor, whose second outing is inspired by the famed Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados circa 1961.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of up-and-comers worth checking out at New York fashion week.

Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Simkhai