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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.

This story first appeared in the February 7, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

“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