See What Inspired The S/S 14 Collections Before They Hit The Runways
Find out who and what inspired the designs featured in the upcoming shows of Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch, and more with a rare glimpse at their brilliant mood boards and sketches.
“I imagined a movie about the beach with two stories happening simultaneously: the first centers around surfing the California coast. The strength of surfers and the casual lifestyle they lead wearing floral prints, modern fabrics, and bold colors. This rugged sportiness is set against a second story: the European beach culture at the turn of the century. The lido lifestyle of the Venetian coast—walking along the boardwalk in whites, lace, eyelets, and gondolier-inspired stripes, like the romantic and cinematic images of a Visconti film." —Tom Mora, Head of Women’s Design
“The Joie girl is classic and effortless; always capturing a balance of California cool meets Parisian chic. This season, we imagined her beachside, perusing open markets on the streets of St. Tropez, and finding inspiration from the Mediterranean’s clean and pure color palette” —Serge Azria
“I was particularly drawn to a futuristic but delicate idea of Japan. I went to Tokyo for the first time in November and was inspired by everything about the city, from old kimono fabrics to Japanese photographic prints from the 1880s, as well as the amazing attention to detail and intelligence in product design.” —Anna Laub (Founder/Creative Director, Prism)
“We looked at Bianca Jagger’s life prior to her Studio 54 days, and we were drawn to her Latin American upbringing. Other influential Latin American women across all decades started coming to mind with Frida Kahlo at one end of the spectrum and contemporaries such as Carolina Issa and Alice Dellal at the other. The result was American sportswear-inspired pieces with strong Latin American details: bursts of color, saturated prints, rich textures and intricate embroidery.”—Rebecca Minkoff
Inspired by: modern romanticism. Construction details and trims reference early American workwear with a hint of feminism. Key silhouettes experiment with proportion—cropped tops, full trousers, and teacup skirts are paired with soft, modern volume in rounded sleeve shapes. Botanic inspiration is abstracted in prints, with transparent layers of color.
“For S/S 14, we joined the Gypset, tapping into the idea of the stylish traveler who seeks out immersive, evocative experiences the world over. We wanted to explore their sense of exotic travel, their spirit of adventure and their wanderlust. As much about travel as it is the ideas that travel inspires, spring for us is a season rich with the colors, the smells, the textures, and the craft of far away places and far away times. This is the season to explore.”
Inspired by: traveling and discovering nature during the journey, from Asia to Arizona. The Tibi woman is embarking on a road trip that mixes environmental beauty with the grittiness of getting to her end destination. Think: the greys of tire tracks, the reflection of blue skies on rice paddies and desert sky lines. The collection showcases natural fabric but presents it with modernity so that the linen, raw denim, and cotton poplin are paired with prints and embroideries inspired by tire tracks, the sky, and cactus.