"There’s a utilitarian feeling, but soft, a kind of opposition. Fabrics have surface interest, whether for day or evening, and are more three-dimensional than flat."

— Calvin Klein

"That cliche of the future, but it looks like Courrèges, Cardin, Gernreich: bright, short, spacy."

— Marc Jacobs

"Early 20th-century workwear. I wanted to take something essentially utilitarian and boyish and render it in a pretty, feminine way."

— BCBG Max Azria

"Art Deco with elements from the Sixties. It’s the mod Twenties."

— Nicole Miller

"The Palm Beach social ladies and the richness of Asian cultures."

— Carmen Marc Valvo

"The great women of the art world, past and present," a look the designer calls "gallerina."

— Cynthia Rowley

"Think Blondie and Bowie. The ‘slam’ princess from Brooklyn hanging out with the gangs, dreams of the New York skyline in her head."

— Catherine Malandrino

"Iconic rock ’n’ roll references are reinterpreted for future icons. More is more. Luxury is abundant and almost over the top. It’s all part of our rock ’n’ roll fantasy."

— Chaiken

"Karin Ogata’s irises, the kimono and the high drama of kabuki theater."

— Zang Toi

"I refer to my collection as ‘Winter Palace.’ During one of my trips to China, I was very inspired by the palaces and surrounding


— Vivienne Tam

"The mod scene meets New Wave. From the first hipsters of rockabilly to The Who’s film ‘Quadrophenia’ and the British band The Jam."

— Cynthia Steffe

"Modern classics with an urban, sophisticated feel."

— Kenneth Cole

"Red inspires me, and for fall, I was thinking of the warm reds I associate with fireplaces and autumn leaves."— Linda Allard for Ellen Tracy

"Lean silhouettes and luxurious elements create a new femme fatale."

— Luca Luca

"Antique burnished colors, Art Deco diamonds, platinum jewelry, Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Cleopatra.’"

— Badgley Mischka

"Bubblegum Superstar. Helmut Newton in the Sixties and Seventies; Eighties electro-punk."

— Matthew Williamson

"Winter seaside landscapes with a fun mix of saucy and sexy looks that keep the sailors on their toes."

— Nanette Lepore

"Fall is about cocooning in layers of luxury, kittenish sex appeal."

— Rebecca Taylor

"An elegant twist on classic tailoring with a modern, luxe haberdashery, rock ’n’ roll, decadent flavor."

— Richard Tyler

"French, flirtatious and feminine; Sixties couture; vintage Dior."

— Tracy Reese

"The Arts & Crafts movement , particularly the works of architects Bernard Maybeck and Greene & Greene."

— Yeohlee

"The most lasting, modern and timeless quality in a woman…grace."

— Chado Ralph Rucci

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