It is no secret just how much we adore the ethos and aesthetic of non-traditional bridal label Houghton Bride and designer Katharine Polk. Designing for the woman who wants to get married in something, “simple, timeless and sexy”, the edgy spin the label puts on bridal wear means incredible pieces for brides to dress on their wedding day in line with their personal style.
For Spring 2015, the 18-piece collection, showed in 2 groups, resonating really with two different styles of brides. The first a clear move away from the drama of Houghton’s fall collection. Inspired by the 90’s, the rise of the supermodels and endearing icons like Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer it was reminiscent of young Moss with then boyfriend Johnny Depp at the Viper Room. While chic minimalism was obvious in the silhouettes (dresses were slim line and straps were thin), they were infused with a cool 90’s grunge and daring edge. Wide leg white sequin pazzallo pants were teamed with a silk blouse, a silk romper was given a plunging neckline, pencil skirts were split at the back to daring heights, and a thin strapped gown was made entirely from sequin mesh. The palette of ivory, lemon, pale pink and ice blue, a non-traditional take by Houghton on the minimalism of the era.
The second part of the Houghton collection was romance personified, and for The LANE had a real sense of a ladylike bride at garden wedding. Inspired by our love of Houghton’s unique and non- traditional aesthetic and those looks that push the bridal boundaries, we were drawn to the less sweet styles and more obviously Houghton pieces, which used their signature laces and skirt and top separates. Think a hint of midriff, a high low hem and an open back.
Our overall favourite pieces from the collection were the sequin mesh gown, the short-sleeved guipure lace dress with full skirt and open back, and the cascading Chantilly lace skirt paired with the? short sleeved Chantilly lace top.
(See more of our coverage from the 2015 Spring Bridal Shows on The LANE Backstage)