The Carlyle Hotel, 1980’s is the setting for Katherine Polk’s powerfully seductive show. As we see these beautifully constructed looks roll down the catwalk, we feel wildly empowered and my mind digresses back into a previous reality of decadence and the beginnings of role reversal. Those women of the past who are ahead of their time and resonating with feminine power and mystique are starting to dress with a tailored and sophisticated palate; a heavy dose of menswear wrapped in a ephemeral feminine bow. Gorgeous mixes of leather and lace, applique’s scattered across peplum tops, fluid structured double faced silk, bow ties, the details are as important as the whole. The extremely talented designer of Houghton, Katherine Polk has taken this inspiration and with her inherent design and style chops created a modern woman who does not forget the struggle of the past and refuses to be defined by all the “isms” which previously dragged her down. Here, Polk delivers what we want, wearable, comfortable, powerful and elegant pieces. Quality, technique and construction being the backbone, design and style the skin. All cocooned in an orb of soul.
“The Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, is inspired by the eccentric yet ‘oh so chic’ elder women of the Upper East Side, who well into their nineties are out gallivanting around the streets of Manhattan”, says Houghton Head Designer, Katharine Polk. “Their smart and spirited New York way of dressing caught my eye. I love their unique sense of style, the unexpected combinations; a long fur coat, over layers of silk and lace, accented with oversized accessories. These women are effortlessly stylish, the way my inspiration Katharine Hepburn always was.”