2 posts tagged "Katharine Polk"
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.
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.
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.
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