New York: Stylist Katharine Polk’s name may be appearing on the New York fashion week schedule for the first time, but her considerable experience in the industry informed her well-received debut designs with Houghton. Built around the idea of Polk’s female heroes, strong artistic women like Bianca Jagger, Patti Smith and Katherine Hepburn, F/W 12 mixes high waist trousers with simple embellished t-shirts, layers sequined miniskirts over silk column skirts and pairs dramatic maxi coats with plenty of confidence. Executed in a strict range of white, cream and blush, the pieces achieved a long fluidity which appeared bold instead of delicate, and Polk’s series of floor length gowns with cutaway skirts and fitted bodices would lend a clean touch to any modern red carpet.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: A-line / Straight / Relaxed / Long and lean / Asymmetrical

Color: Ivory / Antique white / Vanilla / Gold / Blush

Key Items: Floor-length gowns / Structured blazers / Maxi coats / Front-slit dresses / Sheer blouses / Tailored trousers / Column skirts

Materials: Cashmere / Silk / Satin / Satin-face chiffon / Clipped dot cotton voile / Raw silk

Details + Trim: Burnt and hand painted paillettes / Beaded godets / High-low hems / Feathers / Double-breasted construction / Floral appliqué / Gathered pleating / Sequins / Beading

Accessories + Footwear: Metallic cuff bracelets / Ankle strap heels / Platform booties / Wide brim hats


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