#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.
Where can we find you on a night out in NYC:
You can find me on a night in…watching Scandal and drinking red wine lol…or if I’m out which is like twice a year then it’s Wise Men on The Bowery. Pre-partying dinner is some sort of greasy Mexican or my favorite little French restaurant in Chelsea, Le Singe Vert, for steak tartare or paté.
Drink with anyone dead or alive, who would it be, where would it be, and what are you drinking?
I’d rather have a BBQ and I’m cooking carne asada tacos, roasted bell peppers, homemade pico de gallo & guac, chili cornbread, margaritas with a side of chilled tequila shots.. and maybe mimosas, too. My guests would be the members of TLC like in 1993, Britney Spears, Chloe Sevigny, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Notorious BIG & Lil’Kim when they 1st started dating, and I wouldn’t mind like Paris Hilton circa 2005 showing her face for a few minutes and bringing Nicole Ritchie circa now.
You’ve definitely created a lifestyle within the bridal space, and have some of the coolest, most influential women, wearing your dresses. What do you think has propelled that movement? And is there one bride that you’re the most proudest to say wore your designs?
There was definitely a void in the market and basically the bridal space only catered to one type of girl, so we are doing something different for all those other girls that don’t fit into that cookie cutter image of what a bride should be. It’s 2016 and most women are working and are not going to be stay at home housewives and don’t want to wear a sweetheart neckline and be treated like Daddy’s little girl on their wedding day…
I don’t want to sound like a cheesy asshole and say “I love all my children equally”, but I’m so honored that all these girls want to wear Houghton and I look at all my #HoughtonGirls as a whole. Each one wears the brand so differently and it’s cool to see how many brides are feeling sexy and comfortable in my gowns.
Words of wisdom for aspiring Boss Babes:
Don’t let anyone with bad eyebrows touch your eyebrows! Keep it sexy, don’t be afraid of Botox. Keep an animal/dog close by…they’re good for the soul.
Celebrity Stylist Kara Smith Ties The Knot in HOUGHTON
January 22, 2016
Kara Smith, co-designer of Elkin and celebrity stylist to the likes of Emma Roberts, married her longtime love photographer Nick Walker in California this December. Kara chose the bohemian inspired delicate gauze HOUGHTON "Evie" gown for the big day. "It was exactly what I wanted,” Smith notes. “We pinned some fabric in my hair at the last minute for my veil, and I added some incredible vintage jewelry."
The final look was stunning and sweet- the biggest congrats to Kara & Nick!
View more images from Kara & Nicks wedding at Vogue.com.
HOUGHTON Winter Trunk Shows
January 6, 2016
Slip into a little HOUGHTON this winter at one of our many trunk shows in Cleveland, Minneapolis, Vancouver, San Francisco & London! Book your appointment now to try on new styles from the Fall 2016 collection!
HOUGHTON Fall Trunk-Shows
October 21, 2015
Houghton is coming to Atlanta, San Diego, Nashville & Seattle this Fall - book your appointment now to try on new styles from the Fall 2016 collection!
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Houghton Real Bride Series: Kristy
September 24, 2015
Kirsty knew she wanted the Beatrix gown before she set foot in the atelier doors. After a frustrating experience with another gown, she came to Houghton with only a month before her wedding and in major need of help making her wedding dress dreams come true! We quickly rushed the beautiful hand embroidery on this silk organza trapeze gown and fit her just in time for her flight to Mexico! Kristy and her new hubby got married on the beach in Tulum- we LOVE the photos- the red wall and donkey are just icing on the cake!
Houghton Real Bride Series: Deenie
August 28, 2015
Deenie is a fashion darling and knew before she visited Houghton that she was not going to wear a traditional wedding gown - she wanted bridal separates! She was so open to trying something different and this Chantilly lace Chloe top paired with the matching Cameron skirt was everything she was looking for. The baby blue underskirts and high-low hem added that perfect edge and we loved the way she styled it with bold metallic accessories. Deenie and her Broadway actor husband were married in Brooklyn!
Houghton Real Bride Series: Ashlee
August 7, 2015
Working with Ashlee & Evan for their wedding looks was by far one of the most fun experiences we have had working with a couple! Ashlee & Evan both have a very bohemian spirit that instantly connected with the brand ethos and Houghton designer Katharine Polk. Katharine worked closely with Ashlee to customize our classic Aligote crop top and matching Macabeau skirt to make it special and different. Both in corded lace, Ashlee's Aligote 3/4 sleeve top was covered in hand embroidered baby pearls, featured covered buttons down the back and was worn over a custom lace Madonna bralette. Her Macabeau skirt with high-low horsehair trimmed hem was also covered in hand embroidered baby pearls to match and was given extra petticoats for added volume. Her custom cathedral length silk tulle veil was hand embroidered with a matching lace trim.
For the wedding reception, Ashlee wore a custom lace bralette top with matching lace high waisted wide leg trousers and double breasted blazer to continue with the bohemian theme and vibe of the wedding. Also donned throughout the wedding weekend was the Nadja matte white sequin crop top and matching high waisted wide leg Faye trouser.
Evan also worked closely with Katharine to develop a one of a kind custom suit to wear to the reception. The end result was a super cool ivory burnout velvet jacket and matching drop crotch pants.
The happy couple now celebrates their one-year anniversary and just welcomed their first daughter! Congrats Ashlee & Evan!
Houghton Real Bride Series: Julianne
July 29, 2015
Julianne knew she wanted something for her wedding that was romantic but contemporary with a bit of an edge. After trying on many styles that she loved, we knew this Chantilly lace Chloe top with silk crepe Iman skirt was the perfect choice. We made a custom silk tulle cathedral length veil to match the dramatic train of her skirt. The happy couple was married at 501 Union in Brooklyn.
Houghton Real Bride Series: Charlet
July 23, 2015
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!
Houghton's Oscar Moment: Carmen Ejogo in the Moss Gown
February 23, 2015
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.