For his spring/summer 2015 show during Paris Fashion Week, Lemaire sent one classic piece of luxury down the runway after another. Collarless paneled coats in creamy white were paired with pristinely pressed slim khaki trousers. Snakeskin textures decadently covered massive wrap dresses. That custom Hermès color, made famous by the label’s silk scarves, showed up on wrap coats worn with baggy eggshell colored pants, and easy straight dresses. Silhouettes were boxy and roomy while remaining feminine and free. Lines were playful and angular, lending an art deco appeal to the sturdy, simplistic collection. Overall we applaud Lemaire’s work. Talk about going out with a bang.
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The designer built this memorable collection around a favorite staple of hers—the housecoat—and reworked it in many fabulous forms for Miu Miu spring/summer 2015. Bucol couture fabric replaces everyday polyester on mid-length and shorter coat styles with colors ranging from creamy white to scarlet red, even plaid and suede—the list goes on. Paired perfectly with the housecoat and taking a pristine page out of Water’s 60’s era film are an array of pencil skirts in various lush fabrics, colors, prints, and textures capped off with a wide, clashingly brilliant belt. Tops are cropped and sleeveless—again, invoking that 60’s rebellion, but beyond pretty with delicate ruffles, dainty buttons, and various necklines. Miuccia finished each look with stylish bowling bags and little bowed mules. This collection is perfect for youngish, smart women that crave a little sin in their style and have a Masters in wardrobe maintenance.
Houghton, the chic, edgy and luxurious designer Ready-To-Wear line designed by Malibu native Katharine Polk has already received much critical acclaim. Chosen by WWD as “New Designer to Watch” and selected by Style.com as “The Next Big Thing”, Houghton’s distinctive look merges the finest imported fabrics, precise tailoring and exquisite details with simple, timeless silhouettes.
Katharine brings her signature “easy chic” style to the line; the clothes are always wearable and comfortable. She cites Katharine Hepburn and Bianca Jagger as inspirations; strong women with timeless style and confidence. The esthetic extends to Houghton Bride which offers a whole new approach to bridal wear. Stylish, sexy, and timeless gowns, dresses and separates for the woman who seeks something fashionable, unique and non-traditional for her wedding day.
Houghton debuted at Lincoln Center in February, 2012 and in October, 2012 Houghton Bride followed. Houghton has been featured in Vogue internationally, WWD, Elle, The Daily Front Row, W Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Style.com, Vogue.com, Teen Vogue, InStyle.com, People, US, Le Monde, Town and Country, Glamour Brides, Brides and Los Angeles Confidential . Adele, Lilly Collins, Kerry Washington, Julianne Hough, Selena Gomez, Emily Deschanel, and Angelina Jolie are just a few of the celebrities who have discovered the collection.
Houghton was accepted into Milk’s MADE program for emerging designers in 2012 and is a current participant.
New York, Ny October 7, 2014
Always an innovator for fabric-tech breakthroughs and new textile developments, Miyake uses 3D steam stretch advancements on fabrics to produce major symmetrical textures using steam. This technology also makes the entire ensemble feel significantly lightweight, almost non-existent, as if wearing a cloud. Boxy dresses and skirts with matching tops appear to be perfectly pleated in both small and large scales. This technique has also been given to large wraps and loose jackets, creating layers and volumes where there are none. Color palettes are as light as the clothes in biscuit, clean white, and pastels of blue, pink, and purple. We applaud a designer that pushes the envelope with technology and textiles while still turning out easy and wearable pieces that truly make sense, even when the process does not.