With New York Fashion Week just days away, we asked some of our favorite designers to share with us a sketch from their forthcoming Fall 2014 collection along with their seasonal inspiration.
BCBG Max Azria
"Fall 2014 is inspired by graphic architectural detail and old world French Parisian couture techniques while also incorporating a dark romantic side.”
"Tradition and innovation meet in modern fabrications of plaids, herringbones and pinstripes, with a consistent interplay between soft and tailored."
"Our inspiration was Gustav Klimt's Beech Forest."
“Ray of light.”
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“My inspiration are some of the great American contemporary artists interrupting their extraordinary creativeness into my Fall 2014 collection."
"Fall 2014 explores nature deconstructed through an infrared lens. Menswear inspired elements, hand painted prints combined with geometric lines and a saturated color palette commends the modern woman."
“Moorish influenced architecture and textiles.”
LaPina by David Helwani
"Fall 2014 for us is all about softer and more feminine lines mixed with classic, sophisticated styles which evoke a more romantic time."
"Wild and untamed."
"I wanted to give women of the city the glamorous strength to take on winter. To appreciate the beauty of winter, I collaborated with artist Morgan Stuart to create a print of a winter motif that I resonated with and acknowledged before: the carnivorous winter."
"Evening the playing field through sheer femininity."
"My Fall 2014 collection is inspired by strong, iconic women – female warriors."
"A rainbow is created by refraction, total reflection, and the dispersion of light. It is visible when the sun is shining through air containing water spray or raindrops, which occurs during or immediately after a rain shower. The bow is always observed in the opposite side of the sky from the sun... but knitted."
“Fall/Winter 2014 references Parisian street artist Philippe Baudelocque and the use of dimensional layering of textures and patterns. The idea of fragile work in an urban environment plays on the rare complexity of unexpected pairings of colors, techniques and fabrics. Rounded coats layered with sheer cut-work dresses, boxy jackets and lofty sweaters, paired with tailored cropped pants create an interesting balance between soft and angular. Matelassé organza applied over technical mesh experiments with dimension, while metallic glazed jacquards and chain sequence detailing create a sense of edge in a modern and controlled way. High-shine metallics are grounded by muted shades of neutrals in stormy gray, steel blue, lavender and ecru, for an overall feel of compelling simplicity and streetwise chic.”
Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur
"The collection is a continuation on the art-inspired theme from Spring, which was influenced by the European Symbolist movement of the late 1800's, particularly this season with respect to Dante Rossetti. He was a poet and a painter and whose powerful close-up images of women in flat pictorial spaces are characterized by dense color. The color palette of our collection extends from deep jewel tones to black juxtaposed with white to subtle florals in cork as well as rusts, browns and gold as a nod to our connection to the earth and an extension of our first collection's main theme (gold leaf inspired)."
"New York, like a proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes. My first journey to New York reflects basics of a typical tourist, it evoked yearning despite horror stories I heard in my country about New York City and I asked myself, why should Fritz Lang’s Metropolis be a piece of reality somewhere in the under-ground? Or that unforgettable breakfast at Tiffany’s. Where even the ugly return to you the beautiful boundless soul of its inhabitants."
“Fall 2014 our senses awakened to the city’s overlooked curiosities and magic—and tempt us to fall in love again with the places and things we think we know, but have more to offer than what lives in our imagination.”
“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” - Oscar Wilde
Son Jung Wan
“For Fall 2014 I was inspired by the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, who articulated colors of emotions.”
"Different from carnivals and fairs that travel place to place or playgrounds and gardens that lack elaborate themes and rides, amusement parks capture the essence of a small city, using dreams and science to create an experience that, upon entering, one feels completely strange to our daily lives, even if the park happens to be nearby."
"For FW14 I drew inspiration from the visual artists that favored geometric principles of design, setting the way for the modernism of the 20th century."
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“I was inspired by the concept of the modern nomad. Mesmerized by the notion of an urban dweller with an adventurous spirit and non-conformist perspective, I studied the idea of becoming multi-cultural through my surroundings and interactions with the world."
"I wanted to take the idea of something so luxurious and transform it in dimensionality. Something with depth, something with emotion. A physical representation of the power, strength, and fragility that every woman possesses."
"The city may have a dark side, but it is full of light and movement and beauty. The birds dream of the buildings and the buildings dream of flying. Rêves de Vol. Come fly!"
"Curiosities and collectables."
"The 60s decade witnessed the rise of a powerful couple that imprinted the era with their uniqueness. The Kennedys went beyond their political context, becoming the ultimate American lifestyle icons of the era. Both of their styles reflect a timeless class that is capable of progression but always maintains its renowned elegant essence. The image of these style icons transcend their time and can still be felt and seen today and forever."
"The Laidback Diva." A blend of ease and power chic.
"Rock Star Progenies: strong, sexy and demure inspire the Jay Godfrey Fall 2014 collection. Godfrey effortlessly translates the 70s rock 'n' roll spirit into edgy prints and rich textures, creating body conscious silhouettes. Modernized rock staples of standout shifts, flirty miniskirts, bold and unexpected bomber jackets, and sleek jumpsuits move with the ease of stretch jacquard, ultra suede and bouclé. Black in all its magnificence anchors the palette and is highlighted by a velvety burgundy wine, subtle olive and deep indigo. Vibrant fringe, stud and zipper detailing along with shots of metallic sequin are foundational to the collection, drawing out a classic rock 'n' roller aesthetic that is reminiscent yet undeniably modern."