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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 Other Super Bowl Victor: Designer Rubin Singer

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The voice of the people—at least the voice as expressed by Twitter—has spoken: Beyoncé shut it down as the Super Bowl halftime act tonight. (Whether she literally shut down the power in the Superdome for a 35-minute spell is unlikely but technically TBD.) She also may have made the career of the New York-based designer Rubin Singer, who designed the leather bodysuit, motorcycle jacket, and lace overlay that the singer wore to perform. He’s also the man behind the costumes of Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child cohort Michelle Williams and, according to the New York Times, 120 backup dancers. Kelly Rowland went her own way: Her black leather bodysuit came courtesy of Emilio Pucci. All three, however, wore booties by Proenza Schouler.

Photo: Getty Images

The September Issue Goes West

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Heat wave aside, fall was in the air at Tuesday night’s L.A. premiere of R.J. Cutler’s The September Issue, which drew fashion fans such as Ginnifer Goodwin, Perrey Reeves, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Morrison, and Sanaa Lathan. “It’s great to be home and show the film to my friends, family, and the filmmaking team,” said director and producer Cutler, who just returned from a month on the road promoting the film. “We were such outsiders to the fashion world, but we were eventually embraced.” LACMA’s Bing Theater was the site of the special screening (the film opens in L.A. on Friday) and post-film courtyard reception, which benefited the museum. As guests nibbled on hors d’oeuvres and sipped wine, all the talk turned to the documentary’s breakout star, Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. “Even guys who don’t care about fashion relate to Grace,” added Cutler. “We all have a boss.”

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Ralph Lauren And Richard Branson Celebrate Wimbledon

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The first sight that greeted us at Ralph Lauren’s annual Wimbledon party at London’s Kensington Roof Gardens was model David Gandy, i.e., the face of Dolce & Gabbana and owner of those abs. Gandy didn’t seem bothered about the news of Jesus Luz walking exclusively for Dolce: “We’re all cool. I have a long-term relationship with the company—and I am very loyal,” he grinned. “But I am doing other things, too. I’m going to be writing a monthly column on motoring for a new magazine called Fash-ism coming out next month.” Sounds like a must-read. Also in attendance were former Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, royals like the Duchess of York and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, and, of course, top seeds Ana Ivanovic and the Williams sisters. Serena Williams looked particularly stunning in gold harem pants from Ralph Lauren’s Spring collection—”aren’t these the coolest things you have seen?”—and a gold bangle stretched across her bicep. Sir Richard Branson hosted: “Listen, we have tennis, gardens, freezing weather, and strawberries and cream,” he said. “That pretty much sums up a perfect English summer party.”

Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren