A sparkling chandelier and paneled hardwood floors and walls set the perfect atmosphere for Houghton’s 2013 Fall/Winter runway show. Inspired by Manhattan’s aged fashion elite, designer Katharine Polk provided a fresh take on the classic glamour of the elders of the Upper East Side. Fur, feathers, lace, and sequins collided in a collection bursting with sparkly embellishments and rich, jewel-toned fabrics. Classic shapes such as a black cashmere overcoat were given an update with electric blue fox-fur lapels. Swedish DJ Duo Icona Pop’s bubbly synth-heavy electro-pop provided a fun soundtrack for a loud, dramatic collection.
Dramatic silhouettes were created with peplums, color-blocking, and a few amazing dresses. Really amazing dresses - sage silk burnout velvet, bright blue organza, and a stunning ivory-to-fuchsia “ballerina dress.” I really loved the colors Polk and her team used. There’s been a lot of neutrals and muted colors on the runways lately, so this collection felt like a welcome breath of over-the-top accents and colors. The feathers and appliques had in-your-face impact, while smaller details like the dainty lace overlays and waxed twill added an extra element of intricacy. There were some really incredible pieces featured here; Houghton is definitely a name to keep an eye on.
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