PHOTOS: What To Expect From 30 Of Our Favorite Designers At NYFW
New York Fashion Week starts this week, and while it’s always fun to see the final collections on the runway, we asked our favorite designers to give us a sneak peek before they present their fall 2013 collections. From Istanbul to Russia, geometry to flora, the industry’s tastemakers found inspiration pretty much everywhere this season. Keep reading to see what’s up your favorite designer’s sleeve.
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Tracy Reese's fall 2013 collection is very much inspired by New York with all its harshness and beauty. Reese combines a variety of rich textures and both feral and romantic patterns for a collection of sexy silhouettes with an emphasis on hourglass dresses, longer slim skirts, sweater tunics, and bold, meaty jackets and coats.
2.Hervé Léger By Max Azria
"Mystery of Istanbul. For Hervé Léger by Max Azria Fall 2013, we discover the opulence of nature. We were inspired by Les Lalanne, the artist duo who sculpted surreal animal and vegetation, who were unafraid of mixing different elements of reality and the influences nature of imagination into their works of art. The colors are mostly neutral shades, with accents of forest green, navy, black, and off white. We wanted to create more dimension and texture with the deep hues for fall which capture the depth and vitality of the bandage's yarn." - Chief creative officer Lubov Azria
“I’m fascinated by mechanics, the bold geometry, and graphic shapes created through flight. It is that raw power and beauty that is at the heart of my fall 2013 collection." - Designer Monika Chiang
4.Milly by Michelle Smith
"Layers of rich textures and saturated colors with modern, precise tailoring." - Designer Michelle Smith
"After spending some vacation time in Wisconsin, I felt really inspired by the culture and textures. The sport of fishing is a huge part of the history and culture of the 'northwoods', so I pulled a lot of inspiration from fishing and fisherman. The collection already pulls a lot from menswear, so my natural aesthetic meshed very well with this inspiration. I had a of fun playing with the sporty menswear side and combining this with the soft, almost romanticized, aspects of my collection." - Designer Erin Barr
"For AW13, I was looking at the structure and texture of beautiful aquatic flora and fauna, using it as a jumping off point for a color story and embroidery.” – Designer Daniel Vosovic
"This season we took inspiration from Stanley Kubrick's photo essay of New York for
Look magazine. It portrays New York as a dark, strange and ultimately beautiful place full of unusual characters." - Designers Phillipe and David Blond
"Opulence in nature. For BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway Fall 2013, we are taking a journey to the East. We were inspired by the beautiful history inlaid within the walls of Istanbul architecture and the eclectic style of the gypsies of Southern Europe; contrasted by the artwork of contemporary artist Phil Frost. Colors like Pacific blues, navy, burgundy, and rich neutrals, are anchored by black and white, and brightened by a pop of avocado green." - Chief creative officer Lubov Azria
9.CRES. E DIM. by Hongbum Kim
CRES. E. DIM’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Secondary Nature.” The collection expresses nature’s mystery with different methods using Technology (secondary nature) and inspiration drawn from Tokujin Yoshioka and Helmut Newton.
Silhouettes are modern and clean with organic architectural embellishments, color blocking, and fabric mixing. Soft silks both opaque and sheer with subtle textures are contrasted with modern structured tailoring and leather to create tension and balance. Prints are textural and graphic composed with a color palette grounded in muted neutrals and accented with blushy pinks, cognacs, and scarlet.
11.SON JUNG WAN by Son Jung Wan
SON JUNG WAN’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Dynamic Romance,” and was inspired by abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky, and the beauty of the Catherine Palace. She draws from Kandinsky’s use of color and geometric shapes, infused with beauty of the Catherine Palace’s elegant, flamboyant colors.
"My 30th anniversary collection is a tribute to the great American fashion icons. Women such as Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness, and Milicent Rogers embody the glamour, strength and elegance that has inspired me throughout my career." - Designer Dennis Basso
For Autumn/Winter 2013, Ann Yee found inspiration in the Appalachian landscape through the artistic abstract expressionism movement. Drawing creativity from Black Mountain College and the school’s countercultural
philosophy and emphasis on learning through living, Ann explored the interplay between art and nature.
"For fall 2013, I was inspired by the ornate interior of the winter palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia." - Designer Pamella Roland
15.CHOIBOKO by Choi Bo Ko
”'Dance of Gods’ is abstract expression that symbolizes the magic of comfort and hope." - Designer Choi Bo Ko
"'Chrysalis" is a key word for this collection. Much like the image of the cocoon becoming a butterfly, a roll of fabric becomes a dress." - Designer Katya Leonovich
“Think Edie Campbell takes a weekend trip to Russia to visit
descendants of the Russian Romanov’s for a carefree weekend ﬁlled with Fabergé egg hunts and caviar." - Designer Misha Nonoo
"For my debut evening wear collection, I wanted to explore effortless elegance. I was inspired by American architect, Louis Kahn, whose work deﬁned 20th Century Modernism. My collection focuses on bias cuts and simplicity of shape. It's really about gentle motion. I use organic ornamentation, playing with scale to create sumptuous textures. Patinas are used to enhance their depth and richness. I truly want to dress women at night in a way that's relevant for
today." - Designer Rita Vinieris
19.LIE SANG BONG by Lie Sang Bong
LIE SANG BONG’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is titled, “Retro.” The collection is a reinterprets 1950 imagery with a modern touch.
"Fall 2013 is inspired by enchanted and fresh romanticism." - Designer Whitney Pozgay
"Mountain peak." - President and creative director, Remo Ruffini
“For FW13, we try to capture the Spanish passion between a toreador and a gorgeous Spanish woman.” - Designer Giovanni Bianchi
"The Labyrinth." - Designer Joy Cioci
24.KYE by Kathleen Hanhee Kye
“Unemployed Youth: Homeless Youth.” Drawing inspiration from the Seoul Station, the collection portrays images that are beautifully created with garbage wrapping papers, boxes and graffiti. This season, the collection is consists of oversized silhouettes, layering, and unusual material combinations.
"My fall 2013 collection, with its architecturally fueled cocktail dresses, boldly textured tunics and color-saturated wovens, are an abstract play on famed architect Ettore Sottsass' signature totems." - Designer Kelly Wearstler
Ovitz studied animals and insects with natural defense mechanisms and found inspiration in the intricacies of their innate built-in protection systems. On angular outerwear trapunto stitching mimics the segmented abdomen of species protected with an exoskeleton while stiff coated cotton is sculpted into structured outerwear pieces contrasted with a soft faux sherling lining.
"Geometry." - Douglas Hannant
"My fall 2013 collection takes inspiration from girls who dress like boys. Think Annie Hall, Katherine Hepburn, and Marlene Dietrich. The color palette is subdued, and the menswear-inspired patterns nod to a subtle version of femininity." - Designer Nicole Miller
"Chinoiserie." - Designer Josie Natori
30.Le Look Smurfette
The aesthetic theme of the collection is "Gamine Chic," contrasting the modern look of classic tailored silhouettes with signature soft knit tops, which are the heart of the Junk Food brand. The theme cleverly combines the Smurfs' color palette with inspirations from the movie's Paris storyline. In keeping with the contemporary fairytale aesthetic of the Smurfs' world, tops are cut in a variety of soft shapes that portray Smurfette's rough and tumble yet girlish nature. Styling silhouettes include mod dresses, sharp trousers, flip skirts, and three-quarter length cropped jackets. - Presented by Junk Food