Known for her trendsetting, free-spirited wedding gown designs, Katharine Polk, designer and founder of Houghton, continues a similar haute couture with the introduction of lace lingerie looks.
Specifically tailored for honeymoons, the feminine lace patterns have a gentle fluidity that flatter a variety of silhouettes and create a stunning, sexy mirage for that beach vacation she envisions as the ideal honeymoon for all newlyweds.
It may be all lust and lace, but just as Polk created the company around designs that offer a sexy allure–in a simple and chic style–she seamlessly translated the collection into multi-functional honeymoon attire. Recognized as the winner of the 2015 Caleres St. Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Award and finalist for the Fashion Group International’s 2015 and 2016 Rising Star Award, Polk has set the bar high from everyday, to wedding day, style. We sat down with the creative visionary, herself, to discuss the new chapter of Houghton Honeymoon, as well as designs and dream destinations.
How have your designs and creative vision changed over the years since you first launched the label?
The brand was founded on the basis of offering real women something they can wear from everyday to wedding day. At the time when I launched Houghton in 2011, there really wasn’t anything in the marketplace for women who didn’t want to wear a traditional bridal gown. I would say the design and vision hasn’t changed since the launch but more progressed into what I always envisioned for the brand. For the most recent Fall/Winter 2017 season, I presented the collection through a fashion film starring 10 inspiring women, including myself, who have different body types and individual personal styles. I felt compelled to convey a message behind the collection, which inspired the designs. This message was about expressi
ng and understanding self-identity and finding solace in knowing that all women experience similar issues in their lives; whether it is body image, depression, anxiety, eating disorders or self-doubt. These issues shouldn’t inhibit or stop you from being happy or successful, and these issues only make us stronger, as expressed by the women in the film. It’s about finding ways to conquer your demons so you can survive and succeed, no matter what industry you are in. I believe this message is the epitome of who Houghton is.
What are some of the characteristics that embody the quintessential Houghton bride?
The Houghton bride is a fun, fearless, modern woman who is looking for classic, timeless, modern and clean silhouette.
What is your dream destination wedding destination? Why?
Personally a deserted island–someplace warm with white sand, shallow water, palm trees and beer!
What are some honeymoon essentials for a bride-to-be headed to the sunny Caribbean or any tropical island?
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, always big hoop earrings, and no bathing suit required. You need a good mani/pedi, lip balm, eye cream, and eyelash extensions so you don’t have smudged mascara when coming out of the ocean for your Bo Derek moment! All you’ll need is Houghton lace lingerie and Houghton lace slip dresses as a coverup!
To learn more about Houghton NYC or to shop the latest Spring/Summer 2018 collection visit houghtonnyc.com.