HOUGHTON Hits The Contemporary


Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 5.45.40 PMKnown for her classic cool tomboy take on fashion, designer Katharine Polk of HOUGHTON took on a slightly different frame of mind this season when keeping focused on the inspiration behind her looks.

When formulating collections in the past, Polk had also worked at producing shows. However, this season she decided to take a different approach. She had decided to get rideof any outside distraction and influence and rather focus on specifically channeling the wants and desires of her target customer- contemporary and appreciative of basics, but she doesn’t mind exposing some attitude once in a while.

“It is so much better now that I don’t show,” the Houghton designer mentioned in a brief interview with Women’s Wear Daily. “I get to focus on overall quality and on what works for us and what I do best.”

True to definition the four-year-old brand has maintained its feminine aesthetic with a touch of edge. The Fall 2016 Ready to Wear line displays beautiful lacework pieces captivated through casual silhouettes, also true to tradition, but this collection also sticks to a basic color palette that incorporates lots of blacks and whites. The collection also incorporates a lot of lace-sleeved blouses, mock-neck maxi-dresses and lace inset robes.

While flirtatious trims and cuts Polk also finds herself listening to her customers needs in producing some complementary basics. She demonstrates this through bodysuits, “perfect fit” tank tops as well as “perfect fit” t-shirts.

Overall, Fall RTW 2016 proves itself to be another well produced collection for Katharine Polk.

-by Meghan Fazio