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Spring ’08: The Open Runway Idea Lab

"Nothing too violent, nothing faded either; 'water colors.' The Chanel runway is always a surprise."

“Nothing too violent, nothing faded either; ‘water colors.’ The Chanel runway is always a surprise. This year it will be a ‘summer[’s] night.’”
—Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

“To make a dream come true by giving shape to lightness.”
—Alberta Ferretti

“I’m sort of feeling quite sensual [for spring]. I like the idea of taking on that mood. It’s not a path I’ve been down before.”
—Marc Jacobs

 “I never give away clues about the collection, I’m too superstitious.”
—Alber Elbaz

“Spring ’08 is an allusion to the rich tradition of London bohemia, seen through a wry eye and the colorful creativity of youthful London.”
—Phillip Lim

“Bubbles, bustiers, bloomers and ballerinas…. pales and punchy,  pretty acids!”
—Betsey Johnson

“This collection marks 10 years of my work. It is made of passion and fireworks and the strength and light that comes from both. It is a happy and positive stride forward.”
—Narciso Rodriguez

“We are melding an easy languor with precise tailoring, inspired by American expatriates traveling the world on Art Deco ocean liners—F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald on the Lusitania.”
—Mark Badgley and James Mischka

“The new collection is called Under the Volcano…the fantasy all women have about escaping to the wild shores…. It is about islands, wild nature and, as usual, strong women!!! The silhouette is longer and looser, and the colors are inspired by exotic nature!”
—Diane von Furstenberg


“Freshness. Romance. Bloom in blossom.”
—Alessandro Dell’Acqua

“Bright, bold color and prints.”
—Michael Kors

“The spring ’08 collection is inspired by iconic American images of the Rat Pack, Palm Springs and the Beverly Hills Hotel.”
—Tommy Hilfiger

“The collection is about a love affair between the kite and the wind.”
—Paolo Melim Andersson, Chloé

“Mission Impossible: This schedule is challenging!!”
—Anna Sui

“This season I was inspired by understated glamour, coupled with a soft, modern romance.”
—Doo-Ri Chung, Doo.Ri

“Chez Nueva York.”
—Donna Karan

“Bold geometric prints accent a palette of vibrant primary colors and earth tones.”
—Oscar de la Renta

“I want to give my Ricci girls a kind of universal-global way of dressing, though they’d be like part of a specific group. Their particular attitude of natural nonchalance might be becoming a bit more rebellious and poetic. I love to explore all the possibilities to mix colors and clothes.”
—Olivier Theyskens

“Dualities of earthbound neutrals and synthetic primaries.”
—Zac Posen

“Liquid jersey that skims the body, feels great and has the element of glamorous sensuality. A play on chiffon plissé—at first glance looks simple and pure but very difficult to create just right. Prints have been updated.”
—Donatella Versace

“The spring collection has a Mod ‘sexy rude girl’ vibe. Lots of black-and-white graphic prints and modern silhouettes.”
—Gwen Stefani, L.A.M.B.

“This season is all about crisp and clean architectural yet feminine clothing.”
—Peter Som

“The collection is very delicate—it’s less about a mood and more about a feeling.”
—Rodarte’s Laura Mulleavy

“An enchanting sense of mystery and discovery.”
—Yeohlee Teng

“I love the look of a silhouette that is closer to the body combined with a contrasting palette of sophisticated neutrals and modern jewel tones.”
—Nicole Miller

“Classicism and elegance give way to a polished sophistication…sex, greed and arrogance define the moment.”
—Gilles Mendel

“She’s an English country rose on a journey and starts out wearing bits of vintage. But then she travels to Africa and her style hardens up a little. There’s no batik in the collection, but the color palette is inspired by Africa as are the natural fabrics.”
—Matthew Williamson

“London Calling—The Clash.”
—Phi’s Andreas Melbostad

“I was inspired by a meeting (fictional, of course!) of Morris Louis and Sonia Delaunay in Kyoto. Shapes are straight and long with a Japanese flair. Lots of deep, rich colors—turquoises, Chinese reds, citrines, often mixed in abstract, hand-painted prints.”
—Adam Lippes, Adam by Adam Lippes

“Smooth and strong at the same time. The spirit will be between arty bohemian Western elegance and cool Africana with a ‘strong romanticism’ for accessorizing.”
—Christian Lacroix