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HOUGHTON Spring/Summer 2015

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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.comVogue.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.

Feminine men’s wear is the theme of Katharine’s Spring/Summer 15 collection of slip dresses, low-waisted cuffed trousers, culottes and oversized shirts all in the finest Swiss cottons, French laces and featherweight suitings.  Katharine’s tongue in cheek take on “walk of shame looks” was evident in pairings of Chantilly lace skirt with a long  baby blue  cotton shirt and a baggy plaid “boyfriend” trousers paired with a lace trimmed camisole. Gowns in pale blue organza embroidered in ivory, blue and black plaid and a pale grey with silver sequins round out the day to evening collection.

Houghton was accepted into Milk’s MADE program for emerging designers in 2012 and is a current participant.

Houghton is proud to produce both its collections in New York City. The company is committed to being made in America.

Issey Miyake SS/15

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Perhaps it was the Paris backdrop, or the balloons dancing along with the organ played by musician Ei Wada, that had all of the models actually smiling as they progressed down the runway. Our bets, however, are on the roomy, light as air attire and the cushy flats that produced the extremely rare appearance of pearly whites on the catwalk. Issey Miyake set out to create a whimsical, happy atmosphere as easy-going and forward-thinking as his spring/summer 2015 collection.

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.

 

KTZ SS/15

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New York, NY October 7, 2014

For Spring 2015, KTZ designer Marjan Pejoski calls upon and evokes the Modern Muse. At a time when many look to the future, Pejoski takes us there via the past. The craft and supreme artistry of Josiah Wedgewood and Robert Adams are celebrated throughout the collection.

Cameos no longer represent silhouettes of silent women, they’ve now been reclaimed by Pejoski as a symbol of the pioneering super woman – driven, intelligent, compassionate and spirited – women like – Atalanta, Boudica, GeorgIana Duchess of Devonshire, Lady Hamilton, Emmeline Pankhurst, Jane Addams, C J. Walker, Simone de Beauvoir, Peggy Guggenheim, Marie Curie, Isadora Duncan, Margaret Mead, Hedy Lamarr, Georgia O’Keefe, Germaine Greer,  and Aung San Suu Kyi.

The modern muse fuses together past and present in the eternal re-defining quest to be what is the quintessence of now.

 

NYC Fashion Runway Presents: KIA VONVEGA SS/15

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Sexy, bold and sultry are just a few of the adjectives that describe the SS/15 collection presented to a packed house recently by NYC Fashion Runway featuring Kia Vonvega. Ms. Vonvega’s woman is confident and her wardrobe serves as a punctuation to that confidence. Vivid patterns, vibrant prints and mesh details adorn Kia’s work. The recent collection was an instant hit with women looking to make a bold, sexy statement. The brains and body behind the collection, Kia says “she wanted to design a collection that would let women show off their bodies, feel sexy and confident, flirty and glamorous all in the same moment, while transitioning from day to evening.”

We applaud Ms. Vonvega for offering real women a collection that reflects the reality of the vast scope of the female figure.

VIP guest included: Miss Mexico Jacqueline Pereira, Miss East Coast Jen Sidorova, Mr. India Galaxy Prakash Patil & Miss Teen Louisiana Alyx Shell

Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent SS/15

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New York, NY October 1, 2014

The Saint Laurent woman is a most noticeable creature made up of equal parts disco and rock-n-roll, Pat Benatar and Bianca Jagger. Hedi Slimane designs for the woman that has an educated opinion about everything—vintage duds, vinyl, acoustic vs. bass, Glastonbury or Coachella, Amsterdam or NYC—and rarely apologizes, but then again you wouldn’t expect her to. For the past two years, Slimane has turned out rebellious, feminine frocks that appease fashion-forward femmes hell-bent on living their life, skipping continents at a moments notice, collecting artsy mementos and vintage threads along the way to keep her stories alive. She’s tough, and she’s leaving impressions, good or bad, wherever she goes. The designer’s latest collection, thankfully, is definitely no exception.

For his spring/summer 2015 line, Slimane brought the cool funk to the Paris runway, yet again. Loving the look and feel of rock-n-roll of the late 70s and early 80s, the designer mixes tomboyish structures with feminine silhouettes—a sexy trait he’s mastered—with skinny fitting pantsuits in shiny black and exaggerated-lapel leather blazers. Leopard prints make another appearance on shiny gold mini shirtdresses and skinny neck scarves. Slimane loves mixing textures and prints, and he does so again for that added rebel appeal, pairing sequined velvet blazers in jewel tones with tiny striped tanks and leather mini skirts. A patchwork denim mini lends a touch of Americana to a sparkly blazer with a British pop-star appeal.

We don’t know if it’s the woman Slimane represents with his clothes, or his collection in its entirety that we covet most each season, but either way—we really like it.

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