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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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— Alice Ritter

“Traditional Western two-step and Native American dance, a marriage of new and old-world traditions.”

— Alfred Fiandaca

“Jane Holzer — the first of Andy Warhol’s superstars. Back in the Sixties and Seventies, she wore Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin, Saint Laurent, Halston. She was the first to blend uptown with downtown.”

— Alvin Valley, As Is by Alvin Valley

“The elegant effect of the sensual undulations of a quiet, clean desert. It is always changing with the wind, taking new and unexpected shapes.”

— Angel Sanchez

“Timeless charm and contemporary style with a tantalizing colorscape collected from the streets and markets of Paris.”

— Ann Louise Roswald

“Sheer, translucent and gauzy fabrics for an airy quality echoed in hues of lemon yellow, hot pink, watery gray, steel blue, white and cream. Lingerie plays an integral part.”

— Araks Yeramyan, Araks

“I found this picture of my mother at Castel in Paris in 1971 in which she looked so gorgeous with long blonde locks and her off-the-shoulder dress. She completely embodies the spirit of Abaeté with her Brazilian sensuality, French femininity and, most of all, her gorgeous smile.”

— Laura Poretzky, Abaeté

“The simple, yet elegant, line drawings of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.”

— Arthur Mendonça

“Wiener Werkstaette mixed with clothes my mother wore at parties in our house outside Istanbul in the summer of ’78.”

— Atil Kutoglu

“After a recent visit to Hong Kong, I revisited Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love.’ Spring looks toward a contemporary chinoiserie with a glance toward Hong Kong circa 1960.”

— Barbara Tfank

“Our spring collection, ‘Kiss Me Quick In Amsterdam,’ was inspired by the revolutionary rebel artist Herman Brood, sort of the Dutch Elvis. He painted his world in a bold way, somewhere between dangerous and sexy.”

— Samantha, Chloé and Caillianne Beckerman, Beckerman

“The new collection, inspired by untamed seascapes, embodies a fresh elegance. Light, airy fabrics and contrasting cool colors emit a refined self-confidence.”

— Brian Reyes

“Laura Palmer, Audrey Horne, Donna Hayward and Shelly Johnson of [the 1992 David Lynch film] ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.'”

— Camilla Staerk, Staerk by Camilla Staerk

“I was inspired by the 16th-century Italian painter Jacopo Pontormo.” — Carlos Miele

“A new play on proportion, Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired prints, simplicity of ease and movement, silver sands and golden dawns.”

— Carmen Marc Valvo

“My mother’s effortless style is captured in this René Gruau illustration. Sophisticated, sexy, moving and forever in love.”

— David Salvatore,

Blair Delmonico

“Reproportioned American essentials.”

— Jeff Mahshie, Chaiken

“It’s about keeping it simple so one can add her own expression.”

— Charles Nolan

“Halston’s Seventies couture, Studio 54, Paradise Garage and a touch of Aubrey Beardsley’s Art Nouveau illustrations. A return to the art and sensuality of dressing.”

— Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra,

Costello Tagliapietra

“No references. Splashy, quirky and colorfully original.”

— Custo Dalmau, Custo Barcelona

“I’m loving a light and flirty sensibility inspired by the iconic beauties of the Sixties — Catherine Deneuve, Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot — and the play between hard and soft, sculpted and fluid, youthful sweetness and edgy sexiness.”

— Cynthia Steffe

“Shiny, pretty things.”

— Savania Davies-Keiller, DDCLab

“The challenge each season is to create new ways to interpret our favorite fabric, denim. Spring is more sophisticated and dressy, so superslim silhouettes feel right.”

— Renzo Rosso, Diesel

“Ancient Mediterranean costume and classic couture.”

— Douglas Hannant

“The effortless style of Babe Paley.”

— Elie Tahari

“American icons.”

— George Sharp, Ellen Tracy

“I have been inspired by the strong, seductive beauty of an elegant, regal, yet sensual woman who travels through the Arabian Desert dunes. I am working with geometric shapes and patterns inspired by intricate Middle Eastern architecture.”

— Esteban Cortazar

“A big smile and the effortless chic of a Sixties film star.”

— Pina Ferlisi, Generra

“Spring was inspired by the two sides of a woman, her independent, assertive side and her romantic, feminine side.”

— Gideon Oberson, Gottex

“White-slave trading, as in the movie ‘Emmanuelle.’ Floral prints from the early Nineties. The back of Bette Midler’s ‘Songs for a New Depression’ album. Shelley Duvall, among other things.”

— Grant Krajecki, Grey Ant

“The spring collection has the look and feel of a glossy oil painting on an antique wall at sunset in a Bergman movie.”

— Helena Fredriksson, H Fredriksson

“Boho luxe — then and now, here and there. It is all about fusion. I have taken very ladylike silhouettes and mixed them with haberdashery-inspired men’s wear fabrications that have been treated with the most modern of techniques.” — Reem Acra

“Jerseys, silks and sequins — the elements of classic, iconic Halston reproportioned, recut and revived.”

— Halston

“It’s so cliché, but I fell in love in Paris. Then I returned to New York to fall in love all over again with my incredible artist friends’ works. I’ve always wanted to work with them, Joshua Abelow, Sebastian Blanck, Casey Cook and Isca Greenfield-Sanders. Their paintings and that love in Paris are my inspirations.”

— Hanuk

“Take to the sky all aboard the Heatherjet…fields of hibiscus flowers blow in the tropical breeze, a magical holiday awaits with a first-class ticket in hand!”

— Richie Rich and Traver Rains, Heatherette

“‘For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.’ — ‘Essay on Criticism,’ Alexander Pope.” — Marc Jacobs

“Young, fresh, modern Tokyo.”

— Tara Subkoff, Imitation of Christ

“A mix of European baroque and pared-down Palm Beach elegance with shots of gold, soft pastel and bold prints.” — James Coviello

“I was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ as well as modern architecture through the juxtaposition of soft, feminine fabrication with geometric metal embellishments.”

— Jason Wu

“The strangely glamorous, rough-sexy, aristocratic and eerie heroines of Italian films from the Fifties and Sixties.”

— Jenni Kayne

“The inspiration for this season’s ‘Hitch’ silhouette came from the desire to create one piece from separate codependent parts. The palette is dominated by bold, graphic prints, supersized gingham and electric peridot, which play against a refined base of neutrals.”

— Jeremy Laing

“Patriotism.” — Jeremy Scott

“My inspiration is drawn from a magical garden in New York. The wonderful lush textures, shapes and colors are natural art forms.”

— Joanna Mastroianni

“Clean, Clever…Future, Fresh…Simple, Sport…Comfortable, Confident…Optical, Optimistic…Sexy, Sydney…Now, New York.”

— Josh Goot

“When I went to the White House for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards ceremony, I fell in love with a John Singer Sargent painting of a reclining lady with a circular net over her head. It inspired a contrast of very soft feminine forms with a constructivist masculine mix.”

— Maria Cornejo, Zero Maria Cornejo

“Forties British Victory girls, the girls who worked the farms while the men were away.”

— Karen Walker

“Funky French Riviera. Think Prince hosting an ‘Under the Cherry Moon’ party at F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Hôtel des Etrangers.”

— Christophe Lemaire, Lacoste

“I drew inspiration from the famous Cecil Beaton photograph for Vogue of all Charles James dresses. We will show the girls in front of a canvas backdrop painted to look like an old salon. This, too, is taken from another Cecil Beaton shoot for Charles James.” — Lela Rose

“The lifestyle, geometric designs and pop prints of the Seventies.”

— Fabio Piras, Malo

“Marlon Brando’s 1961 cult classic ‘One-Eyed Jacks.’ The movie evokes the time and feeling of old California by combining Spanish and Western culture.”

— Manuel Cuevas, Manuel

“The Secret Garden.”

— Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Marchesa

“Spring 2007 is a visually lyrical poem about solidarity refinement.”

— Mary Ping

“The romanticism and the strong contradictions in the quote by Aldous Huxley from a ‘Brave New World’ ­—

‘I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.'”

— Stephanie Schur, Michon Schur

“I was inspired by the late Sixties Malibu surf scene — sexy beach babes and the hunky surfers who love them!”

— Michelle Smith, Milly by Michelle Smith

“I was inspired by Grecian goddess gowns with neo-Baroque ornamentation. Lots of chiffon and jersey with hints of gold, and oxidized gemstones. This season is all about sensual sexuality.”

— Monique Lhuillier

“Romance, enchanted English gardens, antique roses.”

— Naeem Khan

“My fantasy of a solo adventure in Venice.”

— Nanette Lepore

“Ladies traveling without any gentlemen, adventures into the heart of darkness, specimens and silhouettes inspired by the last daze of empire….”

— Nathan Jenden

“Floating shapes — weightless and airy…Rooms within rooms…Overlays…Transparencies and shadows…Roy Lichtenstein…Zaha Hadid…Ryuichi Sakamoto…Zack Carr…Walter Niedermayr.”

— Waleed Jhairzada and Julia Jentzsch, Naum

“The times of Gainsborough and the quote by Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, ‘When a Frenchman is in great dishabille, he says he is à l’anglais.'”

— Palmer Jones

“The spring collection was inspired by my travels to the Galapagos Islands, incorporating their rich colors and organic textures.”

— Pamella Roland

“The glamorous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood, such as Rita Hayworth, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo. The film ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant’ and the soundtrack to ‘Satan in High Heels.’ All feature strong, confident, polished women who know how to get what they want and make themselves heard, without sacrificing their femininity.” — Peter Hidalgo

“I was looking at 18th-century French oil paintings and fell in love with the richness and depth of the colors. This season is all about luxe with a light touch — and slightly deconstructed.” — Peter Som

“Wallflower. Layers of dusty pastels and Renaissance motifs, through the lens of Deborah Turbeville.”

— Andreas Melbostad, Phi

“Ports 1961 finds inspiration in a golden era when luxury train travel was changing the face of South America. Inspired by the mix of cultures, it brings the spirit of the Argentine tango to life.”

— Tia Cibani, Ports 1961

“The spring collection is inspired by Jackie Onassis in the Seventies —a woman who is mature, smarter and more beautiful than ever before.” — Rachel Roy

“My inspiration developed from the term ‘Quadrophenia.’ I wanted to capture the shifting of an era of innocence and simplicity into a harsher period ultimately influencing the world.” — Michael Ball, Rock & Republic Denim

“In the end, this collection is about a portrait, a manor and a rose.” — Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte

“Spring is about modern Brazilian sensuality. The French incursions into colonial Brazil, the Brazilian party, Le Bal Des Bresiliens, for Catherine de Medicis in France in 1550 and the geometry of the Art Deco design movement are all conveyed.” — Amir Slama, Rosa Chá

“In this third installment of our American trilogy, we focused on the country’s romance with modernists. Frank Lloyd Wright’s warm linear aesthetic, the color sensibility of Roy Lichtenstein and the irreverent simplicity of Halston formed the foundation for this architectural collection.” — Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, Ruffian

“A gentle quietness juxtaposed with quirky playfulness. In an era of mass production, this collection is all about slowing down, about being quietly assertive and being able to choose a less chaotic and perhaps better way of life.” — Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Sabyasachi

“My inspiration is the jigsaw puzzle. Different colored shapes and pieces insignificant on their own, but when fit together perfectly, create a beautiful picture.” — Vivienne Tam

“I was inspired by late 19th-century children’s underpinnings modernized by the clean lines of traditional Asian attire and worn by a surfer girl.” — Sari Gueron

“Our inspiration came from the beautiful raw materials of ancient Egypt and their influence on the Twenties Art Deco movement contrasted against the irreverence of the Eighties.” — Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke, Sass & Bide

“I was inspired by time travel, loosely basing the collection on ‘Jubilee’ and ‘Orlando.’ Both visually rich and provocative films, they start off in the court of Elizabeth I in England, travel through time into the future and involve strong women (eventually).” — Sue Stemp

“Inspired by works of Peter Beard and travels through Africa, India and Mexico, this is an all-encompassing and functional collection for the woman of today — modern, eclectic and desirable.” — Alice Temperley, Temperley London

“Beautiful never-ending movement, depth and perspective, chaos, order, micro, macro, underwater galaxies, cells, organs, organisms, plants, fire, smoke, another way of bringing nature’s beauty to the human body.” — Ange, Gabi and Adi, Threeasfour

“The utter chicness and fabulousness of the Seventies icons Charlie’s Angels, Lauren Hutton and Ali MacGraw.” — Amy Smilovic, Tibi

“Three ruby red grapefruit (plus four grapefruit slices), 6-oz. vodka, simple syrup, sugar. Juice the grapefruits and divide the juice among four glasses. Add 1 1/2 oz. of vodka to each glass. Add desired amount of simple syrup to sweeten the drink. Stir well. Dip the grapefruit slices in sugar to coat. Place one sugar-dipped grapefruit slice on the rim of each glass, et voilà — a Hemingway Cocktail.” — Jeff Halmos, John Whitledge and Sam Shipley, Trovata

“Spring is a study of weight through weightlessness, balance, gravity and suspension.” — Tess Giberson, Tse

“Lab-y-rinth n. (lab-i-rinth) 1. An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze. 2. The inspiration for Twinkle by Wenlan spring 2007.” — Wenlan Chia, Twinkle by Wenlan

“Faded, muted palettes, traditional wood-block prints and geometric lines are inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his filtering of Eastern motifs through a European lens. We were inspired by Japonisme and the influence it had on art and architecture at the turn of the century.” — Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, Vena Cava

“I was inspired by a cultured, jet-setting woman of the early Eighties whose travels to Tunisia, Morocco, Greece and the South of France. Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Ursula Andress, Julie Christie and Ali McGraw are muses of this cross-cultural chic.” — Victor de Souza, Rushkin

“The polymorphism of water, fluid and ceaselessly changing. In the attempt to mimic this quality, I seek inspiration from the ephemeral sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy, the installations of Richard Long and the glaciers of Iceland. From these, I derive the effects of liquid: rippling, shimmering, splattering, bubbling and dripping.” — Victoria Bartlett, VPL by Victoria Bartlett

“Fantasy digital imagery and its juxtaposition with nature.”

— Matthew Wiliamson

“Primary Elements is all about draped, fluid fabric juxtaposed with structured silhouettes, modern graphic lines in organic fibers and shapes. Elegance with a playful edge.” — Kit Willow, Willow

“The motion in our natural environment inspires the mood — flowing water, moving clouds that look weightless, the wind-causing flutters. And, when all these elements are joined together they take a shape … a silhouette. In the end, Motion equals Emotion.” — Hanii Y and Gene Kei, Y & Kei

“Spring represents the brand in its purest sense. Inspired by clean silhouettes, form and motion, this season’s aesthetic focuses on light, color and luxe metallic fabrications.” — Y-3

“The expat communities of the Twenties and Thirties, from the Boers in South Africa to the Viennese in L.A., and the far-reaching influence of Poiret on how the women dressed.” — Yeohlee Teng, Yeohlee

“No show… no title at the House of Toi spring 2007 collection.” — Zang Toi

“Sharp, Ellsworth Kelly, surf, OP geometric, Bones Brigade, Roy Lichtenstein, color, Powell Peralta, speed, sport.”

— Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, Proenza Schouler

“Urban movement, dance and athleticism with a luxurious sleek American edge.”

— Michael Kors

“A celebration of femininity and youth.”

— Oscar de la Renta

“‘All About Eve’ is a celebration of the woman and the feminine in nature….” — Diane von Furstenberg

“We are thinking of Mayan and Aztec culture combined with the honesty and character of the Kentucky countryside — strict beauty.”

— Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Badgley Mischka

“I like the idea of the outwardly traditional with an undercurrent of subversion.”

— Anna Sui

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