See How The Coolest Bridal Collection Gets Made

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Houghton’s Katharine Polk takes us behind the scenes

If you are a bride-to-be looking for just any wedding dress, you go to one of your local bridal salons and indulge in the myriad of beautiful dresses dominating the racks. If you are a fashion-forward bride-to-be who could care less about traditions and wants to be the center of attention in one-of-a-kind design, you go to only one place: Houghton.

Since 2011, Houghton has established itself as the most avant-garde and standout bridal brand out there. From the brand’s elegantly southwestern-bohemian Spring/Summer 2016 collection, that featured floral designs and lace overalls, to its ‘90s-inspired, Victorian goth Spring/Summer 2017 line, which boasted black lace and sexy cutouts paired with fishnets, and its latest Fall/Winter 2017 collection, that was accompanied by an incredibly powerful statement, sick baseball jackets, and bridal merch, its clear its incredibly cool designer, Katharine Polk, has redefined the definition of “bridal wear.”

For the brand’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, Polk enlisted the help of models, muses, and ultimate Houghton girls, Holly Graves and Lauren Buys, to model the looks and bring the stunningly beautiful creations to life. Inspired by their “sexuality, personality, and curves, each look in the collection accentuates a different part of a woman’s body,” according to Polk. “This collection is particularly sexy, embracing every angle of the female body.” In addition to picking Graves and Buys for their unabashedly sexy attitudes (both have been featured in Playboy in the past), Polk chose the two as a follow-up to the film she created for the collection shown in October, which featured inspiring women opening up about their personal struggles.

As for the collection, it’s as edgy and fashion-leaning as ever with feather details, high slits, geometric cutouts, plunging necklines, and one major pantsuit that any Stevie Nicks-loving bride will undoubtedly want to snatch up. But don’t let us tell you all about it. Go behind the scenes of the new collection yourself, above, and see all the looks in the gallery, below.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.