There’s no rhyme or reason to when or how inspiration will strike — and that’s half the fun.

“Twenty years of urban decadence.” — Donna Karan

“Rich women who shop too much and chic couples in paparazzi pictures taken at airports, like Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, Jon Peters and Barbra Streisand, Cher and Greg Allman. The whole mood is definite indulgence, but very eclectic. The one thing you always see at the airport is the eclectic mix of the way people are dressed.” — Michael Kors

“Linear silhouettes that sit naturally on the body to reflect the architectural lines of the Art Nouveau period.” — Alice Roi

“BJ rocks glamour with an edge.” — Betsey Johnson

“For fall, there’s an emphasis on fine tailoring with a romantic edge.” — Ralph Lauren

“The shipwrecked, Victorian babe got rescued and continued life as she left off, in her wealthy, opulent lifestyle. Recently, she has met hard times. Doing anything to even keep warm, she wears her party dresses and minks at the breakfast table.” — Nicole Miller

“Christian Berard — my color palette comes directly from looking at his illustrations. I am, in fact, reproducing two prints that he designed.” — Anna Sui

“The mood is soft and sexy. New, young proportions but still very sophisticated.” — Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa

“Take the Trans Europe Express to Baden-Baden, then sled naked under furs at night in Gsdatt. Have a hearty breakfast in Appenzell. Go back to Paris and enjoy some jazz in Saint Germain des Pres with Juliette Greco and Bernadette Lafont, while sipping wine with Chester Himes and Jacques Tati.” — Pierrot’s Pierre Carrilero

“The new Pink Collection will be for the fabulous woman whose lifestyle is defined by opulence and luxury.” — Baby Phat and Pink’s Kimora Lee Simmons

“Helena Rubinstein’s glamorous lifestyle and fabulous art collection, including portraits of her painted by the leading artists of her time. This led me to the concept of pieces worthy of a ‘Gilt Frame.’” — Tracy Reese“Central Park in the middle of Manhattan. Poetry in the Inner City. Heavy tweed on bare legs. Contrast.” — Catherine Malandrino

“Ruffian is the illegitimate child of Elsa Schiaparelli and Yves Saint Laurent, raised by Jean Cocteau.” — Ruffian

“Rachel Feinstein’s floating my boat these days.” — Marc Jacobs

“Inspiration came from European ski resorts like St. Moritz and Gstaad. It’s a look, an attitude.” — Carolina Herrera

“The idea of Jean Harlow reappearing in modern-day Manhattan. Old Hollywood rendered with a rock ’n’ roll edge.”— BCBG’s Max Azria

“Strength, confidence and passion for adventure. Inspired by the female heroes of the past, this is for the Lara Croft of today.” — Luca Luca’s Luca Orlandi

“Accessible luxury for America with motorcycle chic as the backdrop. H Hilfiger is our first entrance into the dressier side for women who are in dire need of great taste at affordable prices.”— Tommy Hilfiger on H Hilfiger

“Artists from the rococo era, like François Boucher, to more modern artists, like John Currin. It evokes an atmosphere of sparkle and gold.”— Nanette Lepore

“The divine mother is the sacred feminine in all forms — Kali, Durga and Saraswati.”— Circle’s Mara Hoffman

“Hitchcock’s vision of relationships between a man and a woman; Francis Bacon’s twisting of perception, and the mysticism of the Scottish lochs.”— Roland Mouret

“We were inspired by a lot of our friends at some wonderful parties this winter. We want to pile on the most glamorous pieces in an offhanded, casual way.” — Badgley Mischka

“Contrast, luxury, fine detail, rich color. And having fun.” — Phi’s Susan Dell

“Inspired by mythical images of model Penelope Tree, fall is a romantic journey back to nature. Slouchy Seventies Manhattan tailoring meets traditional huntsman.”— Matthew Williamson“The lights, energy and glamour of Shanghai at night.” — Vivienne Tam

“Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina.’ A deconstructed aristocrat, reconstructed into something more edgy. Combing, reworking and cutting, we present ready-to-wear, fur and Cartier jewelry to reintroduce luxury in the most unexpected way.”— J. Mendel

“Urban chic: a new look for the new millennium. Refined and sculptural.”— Zac Posen

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