Queens of unexpected cool, Houghton NYC never ceases to amaze us with each new bridal collection (collections designed with all the non-bridal girls in mind!). Consistently challenging ideas of what a ‘wedding dress’ should look like, (or perhaps more accurately, just taking refreshingly little interest in what anyone else is doing), we fall head over heels in love, each new season with some dream dress that looks like nothing we’ve ever seen or imagined before…and this Fall show proved no exception!
Maybe it’s the element of surprise, the tomboy styling that underpins layers of soft femininity, a mix of dreamy lace with pale leather jackets or unstructured silhouettes in feather weight silks. The unmistakable styling pulling each collection from the realm of bridal, into a more Ready to Wear space that we love.
For Fall 2016, the salon style presentation unfolded in a new light filled studio space, complete with cow hide rug and a resident DJ, perfectly fitting for a collection inspired by “Kate Moss meets Penny Lane”. With imagery of iconic muses pinned to walls and styling to match (think lace stockings and platform shoes), a tableau of girls lounging languidly on low sofas took turns to step into the spotlight, one by one.
Revealing a beautiful continuity of signature prints and details, Spring favourites like fringing and soft florals were mixed with new laces and bold explorations of femininity. Blending sleek seventies silhouettes (think sequins or long white sleeves and fringing falling from the waist) with a more bohemian sixties influence, imagined in lace and tiered cotton, it all sat together with remarkable effortlessness.
Summing up the collection, designer Katherine Polk described “For her daytime city hall wedding, a little white dress; for her mountain top get away, a white fur and patent leather cargo jacket; for the grand evening wedding, glamorous silk fringed gowns; for her honeymoon, an ice blue sequinned jogging suit; and a sexy, nude Chantilly ruffled gown for the expecting bride.” Said gown modelled on long time muse and in house model, Tatiana, her expecting (yet willowy as ever) frame reclining gracefully in impossibly high gold heels, her baby-bump housed in an artfully cut ruffled gown. Only Houghton could make ‘pregnant bride’ in sheer, nude lace look so impossibly cool.
The absolute show-stopper for us, in a continuation of our obsession with fringed gowns…a pale tinted dropped waist silhouette mixing separate, sheer layers of lace and silk with an unbelievable, floor skimming fringed skirt, mesmerising in its movement - a bohemian dream.
Sensual and seductive, one parts jaunty to two parts insouciant and forever, dreamily unexpected…the Fall 2016 Houghton collection proved nothing like we imagined, but everything that we love.