Fashion week may still be in its nascent stages here, but that doesn’t mean its designers were born just yesterday. As for these Angelenos’ inspiration, it comes as little surprise that California’s natural (and not-so-natural) resources — the sea, the sun and the cinema — are fueling their looks for spring.

“‘Alice In Wonderland.'” — Petro Zillia

“Our love for Southern California with its great outdoors.” — Ashley Paige

“The lost city of Atlantis, fantasy with reality.” — Kevan Hall

“Childhood and hazy memories of youth.” — Yoo Lee, Saja

“Tales of early European contact with the ‘noble savage’civilizations of the Pacific Islands.” — Coco Klicks

“Jamaica, with its water, heat and vibrant ocean colors, mixed with elements of dance-hall competitions.”— Pegah Anvarian

“The enchantress, a mysterious woman of great charm and fascination.” — Sue Wong

“Sixties ingenues like Marianne Faithfull and Mia Farrow.” — Sheri Bodell

“A modern-day Georgia O’Keeffe.” — Eduardo Lucero

“Richard Avedon meets Barbara Stanwyck.” — Louis Verdad

This story first appeared in the October 17, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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