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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.<br><br><br><br>"Graphic elements — tailored, fluid, layered."<br><br>— Narciso...

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.”

— Vasseur-Esquivel

“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 Werkstatte designer Dagobert Peche.”

— Anna Sui