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“The collection is based on the volume of Russian dolls and the abstract patterns of Middle Eastern carpets.” — Alexandre Herchcovitch

This story first appeared in the September 8, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“My spring collection has been inspired by Asian whimsy. The delicate movements of butterflies and the strength of golden dragons mirror the attitudes of women who select my designs.” — Alfred Fiandaca

“This season embodies a Seventies romance and is punctuated by reinterpreted classics.” — Alice Roi

“The ancient cities of Zeugma and Troy are the inspirations, and a princess from ancient centuries wearing fluid, sexy and comfortable clothes is the heroine.” — Atil Kutoglu

“The inspirations include the bohemian jet-set world of Salvador Dalí and his muse-wife, Gala, and their summers spent in the Costa Brava region, along with the Gaudi architecture of the Catalunya area and the Surrealist works of Miró.” — Alvin Valley

“The exotic traveler. I wanted to highlight the essence of the heritage and style from various cultures and ethnicities that I have encountered in my personal journeys around the world.” — Baby Phat’s Kimora Lee Simmons

“Tragedy, idiosyncrasy, boldness, glamour, sadness. Laughing hysterically one moment, crying the next.” — Benjamin Cho

“The collection was inspired by Françoise Hardy and Kurt Cobain. The mood and the color palette were both influenced by Lucien Freud paintings.” — Camilla Staerk

“The collection celebrates the heated sex appeal of two of my favorite actresses and is described as ‘Hedy Lamarr meets Kathleen Turner.’” — Carmen Marc Valvo

“This season’s collection is influenced by the writings of Anne Sexton, the music of Kate Bush, the photographs of Francesca Woodman and by the Pre-Raphaelite paintings of John Everett Millais and J.W. Waterhouse.” — Costello Tagliapietra

“We were inspired by the atmosphere of holiday places on the Mediterranean, such as Capri or the Côte d’Azur.” — Custo Barcelona’s Custo Dalmau

“A romantic season of refined femininity combined with a rustic edge. A cultured woman in love…carnal desire and tender nostalgia…a love affair under the canopy of a sultry evening…prelude to a tropical rainstorm.” — Derek Lam

“The idea of suspension — I will be using elements of lace, netting and chiffon to re-create that feeling of lightness, buoyancy.” — Doo-Ri’s Doo-Ri Chung

“My girl is on a desert journey this season, collecting as she goes. Inspired by Millicent Rogers and her flair for living, spring 2005 has an eclectic romanticism.” — Douglas Hannant

“It’s about the lightness of being — a new, put-together, refined style that celebrates a woman’s sense of feeling and looking feminine.” — Ellen Tracy’s Linda Allard

“The collection is called Let the Sunshine In, and is inspired by Rosario Flores, a beautiful, sensual Spanish singer.” — Esteban Cortazar

“Femininity and romance are the inspirations behind my collection, as each piece is elegant, daring, opulent and sexy.” — Fusha’s Marie Claudinette Jean

“Harry Gruyaert, a photographer celebrated for his passionate use of color and his photographs of the Niger River in Mali, was an inspiration.” — Gam in Gale’s Hye-Jin Hwang at Gen Art

“I was inspired by soft colors and a washed-out look — this really feels like a Cape Cod summer to me.” — Generra’s Tony Melillo

“Inspirations from India, Thailand, Africa and more fuse with elements of Western culture to create understated glamour; pretty, casual nonchalance, and raw sexuality.” — Ghost’s Tanya Sarne

“Peace and freedom. That is what America should be about.” — Imitation of Christ’s Tara Subkoff

“A fluid and flirty collection inspired by Jeanne Moreau and the grace of Ginger Rogers.” — J.Mendel’s Gilles Mendel

“Tired of your humdrum life? Want the fun and excitement of the city without the soot and noise? Why don’t you pack your trunks and sail away to Cuba? Be quick, we are leaving soon. What to wear, let’s see….” — James Coviello

“My collection plays with an African motif, using exotic colors, prints and embellishments, like Masai beading on classic silhouettes such as ladylike cocktail dresses, proper blouses and knee-length skirts.” — Jeffrey Chow

“He has seen only her face and hands in the flesh, though perhaps he has had a glimpse of her bosom pushed out of a corset under a low-cut evening dress.” — Jennifer Nicholson

“If they would have played basketball on the courts of King Arthur — suits of armor made in slinky jersey! Coup d’état!” — Jeremy Scott

“I am in the mood to wear things that are polished yet not too structured, relaxed but not sloppy.” — Kate Spade

“After the news coverage of the maiden voyage of Queen Mary II last year, my curiosity led me to research the transatlantic cruises of the Thirties.” — Katie Zorn at Gen Art

“I have played with structure, creating volume with layers of voile and silk-cotton tulles. Silhouettes are soft, reminiscent of the Empire-waist dresses from the Fifties.” — Lela Rose

“The richness of color and detail from the vivid landscapes and architecture of the Côte d’Azur.” — Lilly Pulitzer

“I’m so into the luxe-prep-chic of Palm Beach circa the Sixties. I could certainly imagine fashion goddess Jackie O strolling on Worth Avenue in this darling floral dress.” — Liz Lange

“The Upper East Side girls of Madrid, Fiesta in Spain [colors], a matador taunting a bull — a flowing, sophisticated collection that reflects the nonchalant class and effortless style of the woman wearing it.” — Luca Luca’s Luca Orlandi

“The Luella girl’s come back from her extended holidays in St. Barths and Ibiza, and has gone straight from the plane to a New York art opening at some serious gallery in Chelsea.”— Luella Bartley

“This season, I took inspiration from flamenco dancers and matadors, combining the ultrafeminine and masculine drama from the Spanish dancers.” — Mara Hoffman

“Never underestimate a boy from Texas.” — Julie Gilhart’s remark inspires Matthew Earnest

“This season, I have been inspired by Seventies ideals of a futuristic female — robotic and android-like — whilst keeping each and every piece feminine, sexy, colorful and intricately worked.” — Matthew Williamson

“De-evolution.” — Miguel Adrover

“I was inspired by the bohemian life of a poet — the language of imagination, the sense of ideal beauty, the combination of soft and strong and the vivid patterns and romantic shapes.” — Nanette Lepore

“The collection is inspired by Celtic symbols and manuscripts, which have long been favorites of mine.” — Nicole Miller

“The Pamella Roland woman has an air of confidence, sophistication, with a unique element of flirtation.” — Pamella Roland’s Pamella DeVos

“A city girl spending her summer at Stinson Beach, a mix of laid-back California ease and sophisticated ladylike moxie, unbuttoned and effortless.” — Peter Som

“Our focus is on readdressing lightness, structure and shape.” — Phi’s Andreas Melbostad

“Sunshine, summer in the park, the photographs of Slim Aarons and the most amazing sculptures we have ever seen from Lee Bontecou.” — Project Alabama’s Natalie Chanin

“‘Out of Africa’ meets ‘Dances With Wolves’ — natural colors and botanical-inspired prints, all wrapped up in magic.” — Rebecca Taylor

“This collection is inspired by color, light and a sense of airiness.” — Reem Acra

“It’s about a quest for the 21st-century ‘Belles de Jour.’” — Roland Mouret

“Spring is all about breezy shapes, bright colors and sporty, American style.” — Ron Chereskin

“Sass & Bide Wolfnation will showcase luxurious fabrics such as silk, leather, satin, suede and fur; elaborate, handcrafted detailing and embellishment, and unique construction.” — Sass & Bide

“My inspiration for this season is swing, the extreme sensuality of the way a garment looks skimming a woman’s body when she moves or when a breeze blows through her hair.” — Stephen Burrows

“This season, Ruffian channels the spirit of Babe Paley and Jane Birkin in the form of an imaginary luncheon at the Savoy London, mise-en-scène by Cecil Beaton.” — Ruffian

“Inspired by a garden of earthly delights — a Zen garden.” — Tracy Reese

“For the Vena Cava spring collection, we researched Constructivist artists like Lissitzky and Mayakovsky, using their graphic lines and deliberate curves in combination with less exact elements — a hand-drawn print, a blurry stripe and rusty browns.” — Vena Cava

“Velocity is synonymous with today. The speed of movement is what leads us racing toward the future. VPL recognizes Calavera’s relationship with architecture and body mechanics. Referencing the Olympic Games tower in Barcelona [The Genesis of Form].” — VPL’s Victoria Bartlett

“Space and how one is cloaked in transit have been a source of inspiration for this collection.” — Yeohlee’s Yeohlee Teng

“The glamorous existence of the late Fifties and early Sixties in Rome and New York; Truman Capote and his ‘swans’; Marella Agnelli, and ‘Soldi, Soldi, Soldi,’ sung by Sophia Loren. I think the high infiltration of Vespas into NYC streets in 2004 has given me some fun fantasies.” — Yigal Azrouël

“The collection draws inspiration from the Round Hill villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica. The sultry, glamorous evening looks of Fifties Hollywood movie stars are spiced up with hot, sexy, vibrant colors of Jamaican red, West Indian pink and Caribbean sky blue, with silk bougainvilleas cascading down the gowns.” — Zang Toi