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. The stunning collection, all in a palette of ivory, cream and blush silks and laces, embellished with exquisite embroideries immediately caught the attention of press and buyers and was named by WWD as “One to Watch”.
Houghton’s collections have been embraced by the most discerning RTW customers who appreciate the fine details, precise tailoring, unique fabric choices and the touch of edginess which combine to create “The Houghton Look”.
Inspired by Katharine Hepburn, Bianca Jagger and Patti Smith, the collections of suits, separates, coats, dresses and gowns blend menswear influences with femininity creating a simply beautiful result and launching a new fast growing women’s wear category: Ready-to-Wear for the bride.
Houghton is now sold to top RTW boutiques, department stores and forward thinking bridal ateliers who court the bride who seeks something fashionable, unique and non-traditional for her wedding day; a combined total of over 50 doors in 13 countries.
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 premier red carpets and Houghton’s RTW collections have become Bridal best sellers.
Houghton was accepted into the MADE program at MILK for emerging designers in 2012. Style.com named the collection “The Next Big Thing” three times. The brand has received extensive press and editorial coverage, including being featured in Vogue internationally, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, W Magazine, WWD, Town and Country, Brides, Martha Stew- art 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. Katharine was nominated for the Fashion Group International’s 2015 and 2016 Rising Star Award. Celebrities who have discovered the collection include Lily Collins, Kerry Washington, Kate Hudson, Selena Gomez, Emily Deschanel, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Kate Mara, Taylor Swift and Angelina Jolie. Houghton is proud to design and produce its collections in New York City, and is committed to being made in America.