By  on September 9, 2006

It might be a photograph of the high priestesses of the Hébièsso, the African god of thunder, or the notion of Clio and Calliope as fashion-inspiring muses. This season, designers are inspired by a wide range of people and things, from Jamaican rude boys to dear ol' Mom — and even a grapefruit-garnished cocktail.

"Our spring collection draws from a book of African portraiture from the Sixties called ‘Life and Afterlife.' The images are black-and-white, mystical and boldly graphic." — Tory Burch

"Slouching toward Eastern ascendancy....How does a state of entropy (political, intellectual, artistic and so on) reveal itself in the ways we dress ourselves?"

— Bryan Bradley, Tuleh

"Urban ease."

— Donna Karan

"Erotic Russian fairy tales."

— Narciso Rodriguez

"Playing the field."

— Francisco Costa, Calvin Klein

"Sun-drenched hues and watery distortions. An army of exquisite creatures."

— Zac Posen

"The lofty innocence of seeing the world through rose-colored glasses."

— Phillip Lim, 3.1 Phillip Lim "We're showing in the most beautiful flower shop. Spring 2007 is an eclectic mix inspired by Sixties American art and African chic."

— Adam Lippes, adam+eve

"My collection is inspired by the story of a young English hunter who steps into a fairy circle where time stands still for 10 years. One of the fairies falls in love with him and becomes human in order to release him from the spell."

— Afshin Feiz

"The Cyclades, those Greek islands that spread colorful hues of warmness and sensuality during those hot summertimes, are the inspiration." — Edoardo Mantelli, Tocca

"The relationship between the garments of the African Ndebele tribe and clothes used by punks."

— Alexandre Herchcovitch

"Two themes: First, ‘La Notte,' an Antonioni movie in which Jeanne Moreau and Monica Vitti play rivals opposite Marcello Mastroianni. It's a very European Sixties chic but with the romanticism of despair specific to Antonioni. Second, Lee Miller and friends. Not only was she beautiful and chic, she lived by her own rules. And she was part of a group of people who shaped the 20th century: Eluard, Picasso, Cocteau, Man Ray...."

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