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The Houghton Journal

A peek into the life of a Houghton Girl.

Follow along for wedding stories from our real brides, designer Katharine Polk’s travel journal, celebrities and muses, design inspiration, styling tips and all things Houghton!

Houghton Girls Do Fashion Week

October 4, 2017

Our Houghton Girls know how to kick off NY Fashion Week with a bang so we love to see how they style our ivory pieces for everyday. Our fav girls below!

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Veronica Dunne is a Hopeless Romantic

September 25, 2017

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Veronica Dunn dazzles as Marisa in Disney’s K.C. Undercover and her career is only just beginning. VULKAN caught up with Veronica to talk about her experiences working at Disney, what her passions are outside of acting and her upcoming film The Ninth Passenger.

Veronica is wearing the Houghton Custom Painted "Hopeless Romantic" MC Jacket. Styled by Natalie Saidi.

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Ivory Looks for Your Wedding Day & Beyond: Katharine's Tulum Getaway

September 12, 2017

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The Grand entrance of Casa Malca is made up of an assortment of vintage wedding dresses, quilted, and draped, creating 30-foot tall curtains with velvet couches and chairs suspended by chains over layered Persian rugs. If there was ever a wedding worthy venue for a Houghton Girl this is definitely it.

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5 Things I Learned During My First Week as a #HoughtonGirl

August 21, 2017

When I walked into Houghton's NYC Atelier preparing to interview for the new Showroom Manager position with Houghton designer, Katharine Polk, my first thoughts were: a) this plate is cute AF and b) please let me stay. Not many spaces can master the perfect aesthetic balance of classic, modern, feminine and badass all in one — but Houghton NYC has totally made that happen. A place where animal skin rugs meet chic jumpsuits and pink neon lights bounce off of custom skateboards is definitely a place for me. It's also a place for the bride that wants to kill it on her wedding day in a way that feels true to her. Houghton doesn't fit into any mold you've seen before and neither do our brides.

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When I schedule an appointment with one of our brides, I know that I'm not about to encounter a woman that wants a cookie cutter experience made for everyone else. Our bride wants to find the look that speaks to all sides of her while making her feel like the best version of herself on her special day. This leads me to my first lesson:

A Houghton gown is one-of-a-kind, just like our bride. 

I know, I know, you've heard this before, but I mean it! There are plenty of NYC bridal stores and salons, but none quite like Houghton. If you could witness Katharine work as the Creative Director along with Design Assistant Becca Bernstein and their super talented design and production team — you'd know that there is detail, care and pride that goes into every piece. Each collection has a story and we know that each gown will one day become a part of an even bigger story. We don't take it lightly.

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Katharine's Tulum Getaway: Keith Haring

August 10, 2017

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"The new dining room at Casa Malca adorned with raw wood and Keith Haring dining chairs is the perfect setting for a reception dinner or a post wedding day brunch. The light and the colors in here are selfie ready!"

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How To Take A Romantic Trip To Tulum, Mexico

August 4, 2017

As told to Nylon.com- Houghton Designer Katharine Polk let us in on her travel diary from her recent trip to Tulum, Mexico. Join her in the sun, surf, and sand, below.

After designing and shooting my collection for April’s Bridal Fashion Week, next up on the agenda was planning my birthday trip in June. I have an affinity for palm trees, beaches, and frozen drinks and didn’t want to travel too far since my schedule is so busy; an easy, short flight was a must! Tulum, Mexico, where I’ve been to before, made perfect sense then. I quickly found two hotels in which to split a 10-day trip with my boyfriend Michael Hooks. The planning had begun.

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Man Repeller's Leandra Medine: "What I'd Wear To My Wedding If I Could Have A Do-Over"

August 1, 2017

"I got married five years ago in a dress that I found two weeks before my wedding. I was 23 and living at home; the entire ordeal was essentially a party that my parents were throwing for themselves, but at which I would be the guest of honor. I served exactly no purpose throughout the planning process, but graciously elected to find my dress. It was the single responsibility I maintained. Two weeks before the wedding, my mom marched into my room with a thick-ass folder titled “Leandra’s wedding” and asked when she could see the dress. I had an idea of what I wanted: something delicate and light at the top that would explode into layers and layers of tulle around mid-thigh. I wanted to wear a leather jacket over the dress. There would be a flower crown (It was 2012! This was still a novel idea back then!), and so many gold necklaces. Technically, I did not have a dress yet. I told this to my mom, who proceeded to throw her folder at me, papers flying everywhere. “Fine! You deal with your wedding,” she shrieked, which seemed like such a disproportionate reaction to my response, but I recognize that she’d been busting her ass for months to plan this wedding when all I had to do was find a freaking dress, which I didn’t.

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Meet The FW17 #HoughtonGirls | Cyndi Ramirez

February 22, 2017

Meet Cyndi Ramirez below, one of the inspirational women featured in the film, as she speaks candidly to Katharine and opens up about education, confidence and starting your own business.

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Meet The FW17 #HoughtonGirls | Kelly Francis

January 25, 2017

Meet Kelly Francis below, one of the inspirational women featured in the film, as she speaks candidly to Katharine and opens up about motherhood, self esteem and body image.

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Meet The FW17 #HoughtonGirls | Jenné Lombardo

January 11, 2017

Meet Jenné Lombardo below, one of the inspirational women featured in the film, as she speaks candidly to Katharine and opens up about the fashion industry, motherhood, body image and self confidence.

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Hailey Baldwin is "Not Your Baby"

December 16, 2016

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Hailey Baldwin, styled by Maeve Reilly, out and about in NYC attending  Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in the Houghton Fall/Winter 2017 hand painted "Not Your Baby" motorcycle jacket.  Continue reading

Houghton Girls Don't Like Fuck Boys

December 6, 2016

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One of our favorite celebrity stylists, Maeve Reilly, steps out in Australia to support client and fellow Houghton Girl Hailey Baldwin in her new FW17 "Not Your Baby" Collection Fuck Boy Tee.

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#HoughtonGirl: Suki Waterhouse

November 9, 2016

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Suki Waterhouse wears the HOUGHTON NYC "Danny" sleeveless wrap top to the launch event of her new accessory line Pop & Suki in LA.

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#HoughtonGirls At The Emmy's

October 20, 2016

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Yara Shahidi in the Houghton SS17 flared leg Casey Romper at the 2016 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy party.

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Breaking Down The Looks... Spring / Summer 2017

July 29, 2016

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Basketweave + Crinkled Foil + Corsetry

= Houghton Spring/ Summer 2017

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Jellyfish + 90's Midriffs + Sheer Stockings

= Houghton Spring/ Summer 2017

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Houghton Real Bride Series: Stephanie

July 6, 2016

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This babe bride wanted a gown that she could dance in... end of story.

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Houghton Real Bride Series: Johanna + Tess

June 24, 2016

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These two babes came to Houghton looking for the perfect gowns to walk down the aisle together and ended up falling in love with all the same styles! Ultimately after realizing how gorgeous they both looked in each gown, they were able to make a decision on the open back Chantilly lace "Wilkinson" gown and the spaghetti strap bias-cut "Bacall" gowns.

As our first couple to both wear Houghton down the aisle, Tess & Johanna's Dumbo wedding photoshoot has us majorly obsessed, paper umbrella and all.

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Hailey Baldwin is a B A B E in HOUGHTON

June 1, 2016

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Hailey Baldwin steps out in LA wearing the HOUGHTON Fall / Winter 2016 "Melanie" silk and pieced Chantilly lace robe coat on her way to Nice Guy Restaurant. We love how celebrity stylist Maeve Reilly recreated our look-book vibes.

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JLo Knows How To Work a HOUGHTON Mini Dress

April 25, 2016

Jennifer Lopez steps out in the sexy blush pink FW16 "Cynthia" dress to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations for her hit TV show Shades of Blue.

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Kate Hudson is Striped in HOUGHTON FW16

April 20, 2016

Houghton girl Kate Hudson's abs look amazing in the Fall / Winter 2016 wide leg, high waisted, bold black and white stripe "Mercury" pant at the "World of Cyberobics" presentation in Berlin, Germany.

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Elsa Hosk is Modern Chic in HOUGHTON FW16

April 20, 2016

Victoria's Secret Angel Elsa Hosk is simply chic in Houghton's Fall / Winter 2016 "Leo" high waisted ivory wide leg pant with tie belt.

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Kaitlin Doubleday is 90's Chic in HOUGHTON

March 31, 2016

Empire star, Kaitlin Doubleday, attends the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in LA wearing HOUGHTON'S 90's inspired "Claudia" gown styled by Monty Jackson. Aptly named after Claudia Schiffer, the minimalist modern silk gown with strap detail is stunning on her!

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Behind The Scenes: HOUGHTON FW16

February 25, 2016

Flashback to 3 weeks ago: its freezing, its snowing and we are on location 3 flights of fire escape stairs down into a cold dark boiler room... 

While the conditions may not have been ideal, this shoot was killer and the results... epic!

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All Choked Up

February 16, 2016

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Fall/Winter '16 is all about the choker... whether its a black band or a sash necktie, this collection has got us all choked up in the best way possible.

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HOUGHTON Runway to Red Carpet Winter Recap

February 15, 2016

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Nicole Richie is romantic perfection in the HOUGHTON Fall/Winter 2015 metallic bronze "Wilson" wrap gown and Chantilly lace "Oliver" blouse  for LADYGUNN Magazine's October cover story.

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Houghton's Oscar Moment: Carmen Ejogo in the Moss Gown

February 23, 2015

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   Carmen Ejogo stuns on the Oscar red carpet in the hand embroidered sequin mesh Houghton Bride Moss Gown available for purchase here. Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King in the Oscar nominated Best Picture Selma.

Fall Wedding Inspiration for the Houghton Bride

October 2, 2017

There are many factors that influence the decisions we make during wedding planning, but none quite as important as the season! Unless you're saying "I do" in a tropical paradise (which is awesome by the way) then you've got to take the season into consideration when choosing your wedding dress, ceremony venue, and even your wedding colors. As summer comes to an end and the air becomes crisp, here is some Houghton inspiration for your fall wedding.

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Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 4.44.14 PMA winery is a beautiful place to host a fall wedding. Take it from Houghton Bride Court Owens who got married in our CHEYNE GOWN at the beautiful DeLille Cellars in Washington. Not only is it a beautiful backdrop for a romantic scene and stunning photos, but it is also a form of entertainment as guests can explore and discover the history of the winery on their own.

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Engagement Ring & Wedding Dress Combinations That Fit Your Personal Style

September 13, 2017

The wedding industry has finally caught up to your taste level! The bridal designers have heard your cry for a dress that feels natural to you *cough cough, HOUGHTON*, but we're not the only ones. Engagement rings have also taken a modern turn and we've found the perfect ring for you if the traditional diamond isn't necessarily your best friend. Find your spirit ring and the perfect dress to fit your personal style below.

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So you're getting married and it's like, a big deal, but you don't want to make a big deal about it. We get you! If you've ever been talked out of wearing a flower crown or are wearing shoes to your wedding primarily out of social pressure, we've got just the look for you. Your spirit ring is the Sofia Zakia Opal Diamond Wandering Star Ring. With vintage inspiration and a whimsical design, it's almost as dreamy as you are.

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Katharine's Tulum Getaway: Casa Malca's Kenny Scharf

August 30, 2017

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Casa Malca was our second stop, a drastic difference from the open and rustic layout of the first resort. With both my boyfriend and I in creative fields, we were really excited to get an up close look at the famous art collection housed on the property. Casa Malca has recently expanded to 26 rooms, which are all surrounding the pool, looking out on the beach, or have their own private garden. The boutique hotel is built around the main entrance, formerly Pablo Escobar’s home!

Pictured here with a custom Kenny Scarf mural in the Casa Malca “Philosophy” restaurant.

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Carrie Bradshaw Does Tulum: Katharine's Romantic Getaway

August 16, 2017

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"This look is so clean but feminine which is perfect for a Mexican Getaway. The tulle skirt is made up of pleated ruffles so I could roll it up in my suitcase and the silk cashmere tank is an elevated classic. This look can go from birthday dinner to beach elopement."

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Houghton Real Bride Series: Maggie

August 2, 2017

Our girl Maggie came to us as a fashion girl with a major dilemma: what to wear down the aisle when you could wear any designer dress you wanted? Designer Katharine Polk and Maggie worked together for almost 10 months on this stunning custom gown which features a hand embroidered organza tunic with high ruffled collar over a slinky slip dress. Maggie wanted the drama but also the practical ability to remove the slip and wear her short dress to her after party "bar hopping" in Jackson Hole. Definitely one of our favorite brides yet!4

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Katharine Polk on The SS18 Collection: As Told To The Bridal Instinct

June 9, 2017

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BridalInstinct.com's Charley Bishop interviewed Designer Katharine Polk about the new Spring/Summer 2018 collection and what it means to be a Houghton Girl- Read Below!

HOUGHTON NYC IS RENOWNED FOR NOT JUST THINKING OUTSIDE THE BRIDAL BOX BUT COMPLETELY SURPASSING IT! EACH COLLECTION CELEBRATES WOMEN; THEIR STRENGTH, THEIR SEXUALITY AND THEIR BOLDNESS, SS18 DOES JUST THAT, TURNED UP A NOTCH... WITH THE SS18 BRIDE EVEN DESCRIBED IN ONE WORD BY DESIGNER KATHARINE POLK AS 'SEX!'. WE SIMPLY HAD TO SIT DOWN WITH MEGA BABE AND HOUGHTON NYC DESIGNER KATHARINE AND EXCLUSIVELY DISCUSS ALL THINGS SS18 INCLUDING INSPIRATION SOURCES AND HER ULTIMATE REAL BRIDES!

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Meet The FW17 #HoughtonGirls | Dara Hartman

February 8, 2017

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Meet Dara Hartman below, one of the inspirational women featured in the film, as she speaks candidly to Katharine and her other co-workers and female trainers in the film (Keyla Castillo & Bianca Vesco) and opens up about body image, the life of a trainer and personal goals. Continue reading

Meet The FW17 #HoughtonGirls | Houghton Designer Katharine Polk

February 1, 2017

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Designer Katharine Polk 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.

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Meet The FW17 #HoughtonGirls | Morgan Grace Kibby

January 18, 2017

Meet Morgan Grace Kibby below, one of the inspirational women featured in the film, as she speaks candidly to Katharine and opens up about the music industry, depression and body image.

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Exploring the Houghton NYC Atelier with The Lane Girls

January 10, 2017

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Thank you to our favorite Aussie girls at The Lane for a fun day of dressing up in our best bridal gowns and playing in the NYC Atelier with us! Check out their amazingly sweet and kind feature below. Continue reading

The Ultimate Houghton Girl Wedding

December 9, 2016

Real Houghton bride Annie's wedding at The Museum of Natural History was a dream come true complete with a step dance routine and partying amongst the dinosaurs.

Annie wore a custom long sleeve loom lace "Clairette" Gown and a hand-painted Fall/Winter '17 "Chelsea" Motocycle jacket emblazoned with her new hubby's last name.

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Meet The FW17 #HoughtonGirls | Chloe Norgaard

October 24, 2016

Model and student, Chloe Norgaard, walked her 1st Houghton runway show for the Spring / Summer 2015 collection and has been a true #HoughtonGirl ever since!

When Houghton designer Katharine Polk decided she wanted to produce a film instead of her usual runway show, Chloe was top of the list of real girls to ask to participate in this special project.

Take a look back at some of our favorite moments with Chloe and then get to know her up close and personal in the new Fall / Winter 2017 film, "The Houghton Girl"...

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HOUGHTON Designer Katharine Polk Opens Up For HarpersBazaar.com

August 1, 2016

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People think I live this glamorous life because of social media and the press. But behind those selfies and photo shoots is not a confident woman who "has it all"—it's a contrived image I used to create a brand. This has been my most guarded secret. At 33 years old, I'm ready to share my story.

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Breaking Down The Looks... Fall / Winter 2016

June 28, 2016

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Celestial Witchery + Ghetto Goth + Pre-Teen Ouija Fantasties

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Vanessa Hudgens Shimmies in Houghton

June 24, 2016

Houghton girl Vanessa Hudgens knows how to move in her white halter top Houghton "Audrie Dress" while attending the Dolce & Gabbana afterparty in Milan this week.

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Houghton Real Bride Series: Britt

May 31, 2016

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We knew instantly that Britt would be a Houghton bride when she tried on her wedding look for the first time in our atelier. Looking for something modern to suit her city girl vibe, she chose this column "Skipper" skirt and customized the wrap "Moriane" blouse with oversized organza cuffs.

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Houghton Real Bride Series: Molly

May 17, 2016

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We love to see how all our HOUGHTON brides style their gowns differently; from classic to boho. Molly chose to style her gown classically with a simple gold headband and couldn't look more elegant in our long sleeve open back "Chante" gown with train!

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Nicole Trunfio's Wedding Weekend in HOUGHTON

April 20, 2016

Australian model Nicole Trunfio is stunning for her Coachella wedding weekend in this HOUGHTON Spring / Summer 2016 set: "Talia" off the shoulder silk georgette top with hand embroidered paisley trim and matching "Vonde" tiered skirt. Nicole marries longtime love musician Gary Clark Jr. this weekend on the anniversary of their first meeting in Coachella.

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Selena Gomez in Custom HOUGHTON FW16

April 20, 2016

This might be one of our favorite looks ever... When Selenas stylist told us he wanted to make a custom jersey for Selena to perform in at WE Day, we immediately knew this would be major. Selena had the back of HOUGHTON's Fall / Winter 2016 "Frieda" black Chantilly lace dress custom embroidered with white lace patches that spelled out GRACE, and we want one too!

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You're Invited to SHOP THE RUNWAY Spring/Summer 2017 Bridal

April 5, 2016

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Calling all our #HOUGHTONgirls... it's official...

On April 16th, HOUGHTON will present its Spring/Summer 2017 bridal collection during an exclusive buy-now-wear-now event in a private townhouse to a select group of editors, buyers, industry influencers and a limited number of bridal customers.

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Eve Hewson Sparkles in Houghton

March 2, 2016

Actress Eve Hewson is a shimmering beauty in Houghton's silver lurex and ivory "Bacall" gown at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar's Party. Eve is styled by one of our favorite Hollywood stylists- Kate Young.

While she may be Bono's daughter, Eve has made a name for herself this year as Tom Hank's daughter in the Best Picture nominated film The Bridge of Spies and as nurse Lucy Elkins on The Knick.

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Style it like a #HOUGHTONGirl

February 18, 2016

Pre-order HOUGHTON FW16 starting today during the trunk-show at ModaOperandi.com. Build the perfect Fall wardrobe with these easy chic black and white essentials that go from day to evening in a flash.

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Look 1: HOUGHTON Galia Skirt, HOUGHTON Rodolph Jacket, Chrome Hearts Backpack, HOUGHTON x Commando Keyes Bodysuit

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Inspiration: HOUGHTON Fall/Winter 2016

February 15, 2016

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“Romanticism at the witching hour... dancing in the moonlight... a glimpse of skin through torn lace... ripping lace off the body... an unlaced bodice... vamp... shimmering stars against a dark sky... darkness meets the light... temptation.”

-- Katharine Polk

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#BossBabe: Katharine Polk

January 25, 2016

As fans of TasteTheStyle.com's Boss Babe series, we were flattered when TTS Founder herself, Cyndi Ramirez, asked Houghton designer Katharine Polk to be featured as their newest #BossBabe.

Cyndi is a super cool #BossBabe herself, and is also currently engaged and in search of a wedding dress... so what followed was a day of playing dress up and chatting about boys, botox and being a babe.

Some of our favorite interview questions are featured below, but to read the full interview visit TasteTheStyle.com.

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Houghton Real Bride Series: Charlet

July 23, 2015

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Lovely Charlet first saw her Bacall gown in the Spring/Summer '15 Ready-To-Wear lookbook and knew it was the one! With her City Hall wedding date fast approaching we quickly developed this version for her in ivory silk crepe. The bias cut silk fit her like a dream and the way she styled her gown with Valentino rockstud pumps makes her a true Houghton bride. We also hear she wore her black leather motorcycle jacket later on in the night... perfection!

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2014 @houghtonnyc

December 23, 2014

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WWD Cover: Houghton Bride FW15 Swarovski crystal embroidered spiderweb tulle skirt

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