The Houghton Girl
Houghton, the New York-based womenswear label by Katharine Polk, has tapped 10 inspiring, real women to star in a documentary style fashion film featuring the Fall/Winter 2017 collection. Houghton will present the film, titled “The Houghton Girl,” and the new collection, at a private screening in West Chelsea with a special music performance by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Morgan Kibby during New York Bridal Fashion Week on Oct 6th.
Polk, who appears in the film, was inspired to design for real women in her collection for the first time after writing a personal essay for HarpersBazaar.com chronicling her own nine-year battle with an eating disorder. The cast also includes Jenné Lombardo, co-founder of Milk MADE and founder of The Terminal Presents, model Chloe Norgaard, Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer, singer-songwriter Morgan Kibby, Taste the Style’s Cyndi Ramirez, fashion consultant Kelly Francis, and three trainers from the elite downtown New York City gym “DogPound,” including Dara Hart, Keyla Castillo and Bianca Vesco.
“These women epitomize what a Houghton Girl is. They are beautiful, loyal, loving, tough, sensitive and most of all brave. I am proud to call them family and have them be a part of this journey with me. I believe that we can help others by drawing back the curtain and sharing our stories,” says Polk.
The women explore how they cope with the unrealistic standards and pressures that so many women face in their daily lives while modeling looks from the brand’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection. Polk designed for each woman’s personal style as well as collaborated with Lulu Frost on a custom capsule collection of chokers and earrings for the film.
Continuing Houghton’s commitment to providing looks for every day to wedding day, Polk has christened the Fall / Winter 2017 collection the “Not Your Baby” Collection, which features flowing Chantilly lace slip dresses, off-the-shoulder silk gowns, high-low pastel tulle skirt and embroidered sequin bandeau sets as well as cashmere wide leg suits. The collection also features looks for the adventurous bride, including a selection of dusty rose, lilac and mint green statement pieces, custom, stretch crushed velvet with curled sequins, fur, suede and leather. Highlights include intarsia slogan sweaters, a color blocked Mongolian fur motorcycle jacket, periwinkle suede jogging pants, hand painted logo moto jackets and a blush and gold jacquard, gypsy-inspired flowing gown.
After introducing a “Buy Now, Wear Now” collection at Houghton’s April bridal presentation, certain pieces from the Fall / Winter 2017 collection, including the limited edition “Not Your Baby” silk baseball jacket in lilac and rosé, will be available immediately through Houghton’s e-commerce and at Houghton’s West Chelsea Atelier.
Watch "The Houghton Girl" here.
“The Houghton Girl”
Directed by Garen Barsegian
Produced by Whooden, Katharine Polk and Houghton
Houghton, the chic, edgy and luxurious designer ready-to-wear line, designed by Malibu native Katharine Polk, debuted at Lincoln Center with its Fall Winter 2012
Collection. Houghton has succeeded in blurring the lines between day and evening, every day and wedding day. Its simple, timeless, silhouettes have been embraced by women for all occasions. Gowns designed with brides in mind have been worn by major celebrities on the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and movie premiere red carpets while Houghton’s RTW collections have become best sellers in the bridal market. Houghton was accepted into the MADE program at MILK for emerging designers in 2012.
Style.com named the collection “The Next Big Thing” on three different occasions and the brand has received extensive press coverage in Vogue internationally, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, W Magazine, WWD, Town & Country, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, People, US, The New York Times, Glamour, InStyle and La Monde. Katharine was awarded the Caleres St. Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Award in October of 2015 and was nominated for Fashion Group International’s 2015 and 2016 Rising Star Award. Celebrities who have discovered the collection include Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Kate Hudson, Selena Gomez, Lily Collins, Hailey Baldwin, Kate Mara, Taylor Swift and Vanessa Hudgens.