Designer to Watch: DEE HUTTON

Thursday, December 19, 2013
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It has been a whirlwind of a season for bright young designer Dee Hutton. AVENUEinsider first caught up with the Nedenia Hutton Craig at her grandmother Dina Merrill‘s East Hampton soiree for the New York City Mission Society on Labor Day weekend. She told us of her launch plans for her luxury made-to-order line, and we dutifully saved the dates.

DEE’s official launch party was in October, at a friend’s sleek West Village penthouse loft.  It was very much a family affair, with the Craigs (proud dad Charles, sister Welyn), generations of Rumboughs (mom Nina, along with Leah, Stanley, Cole, Siena, Allegra, and Kiera), and the Landrigan brood (Nico, Kim, and Rory) all there to toast the budding talent.

Other notables who perused and placed orders on Hutton’s bespoke line were Stephanie Brag, Amy and Isabel Leeds, Isabel Solmonson, Kathryn Zambetti (and the whole Zambetti rocker clan), Lo Bosworth, Nina Griscom, Jeanne Pearman, Nell Diamond, Mike Flaherty, and Brooke Danielson.

The ordering frenzy continued last month, when mom Nina Rumbough hosted a lavish trunk show at the Waldorf Towers for more of DEE’s fashionable friends, including Karen Klopp, Gillian Steel, Barbara Tober, Eliza Dyson, Andrea Walton, Avery Broadbent, Camille Broadbent, Susan Solomon, and Lynn Hanke.

Nor is Dee slowing down – much anyway – for the holiday season. This week, she headed down to Charleston, South Carolina to host a trunk show on Wednesday, and then will be in Brays Island through Christmas.

After that, “it’s off to Palm Beach through New Year’s, where my extended family will be as well,” she told AVENUEinsider. “I’m planning to host a DEE HUTTON trunk show in Palm Beach during that time. I can’t wait for the warm weather! Since I launched DEE HUTTON, it’s been work, work, work – fun, but work! Still, I always mix in some play and it’s safe to assume that I’ll play some golf, tennis, and probably pop into McCarty’s once or twice while I’m there.”

A well-deserved (semi) break indeed – but we can’t help but anticipate what DEE HUTTON has in store for 2014!

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