Who can tell when inspiration will strike? WWD asked New York’s designers to let us in on the secrets behind the upcoming fall collections.
"Graphic elements — tailored, fluid, layered."
— Narciso Rodriguez
"I’m influenced by modern, contemporary architecture — Le Corbusier, Aalto."
— Lars Nilsson for Bill Blass
"The 20s, an era of juxtaposition."
"My dream has always been to live a man’s life in a woman’s body, to do everything a man does with the advantages of being a woman. I took inspiration from James Bond. But my woman isn’t the Bond Girl, she is James Bond."
— Diane Von Furstenberg
"Rosie the Riveter and Veronica Lake meet Bianca Jagger at ballet class."
— Peter Som
"A fusion of soft and structured, dark and light, sheer and opaque."
— Vera Wang
"Betseyville — my new world South of the Border."
— Betsey Johnson
"Hitchcock movies — mysterious and ladylike, but strong."
— Carolina Herrera
"‘Illusions of Grandeur’— sorcery, Erte, Cirque du Soleil."
— Michael & Hushi
“The divas of blaxploitation and other black-themed movies of the Seventies, from Pam Grier to Diana Ross.”
— Kimora Lee Simmons, Baby Phat
“Feminine tweeds, copper hues, spiraling pleats.”
— Zac Posen
“Mod shapes, items that Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton made iconic.”
— Tommy Hilfiger
“From renegade to romantic.”
— Ralph Lauren
"Body-conscious, sleek, urbane dressing.”
— Michael Kors
“Illustrations from Anne Klein’s fall collection in 1969. Preppy with an architectural bent.”— Charles Nolan, Anne Klein
“Our show is ‘The Eyes of Heatherette,’ an evening of intrigue, mystery and scandal.”
— Richie Rich and Traver Rains, Heatherette
“I was inspired by snowboarding and an exhibition at the Neue Gallerie on Weiner Werkstattedesigner Dagobert Peche.”
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia