Behind every amazing collection is a bounty of inspiration, and thanks to our undying curiosity and love for pretty imagery, we tapped New York designers to share the stories behind their upcoming F/W 16 collections. Scroll through our gallery for a glimpse at what you'll see strolling down the catwalks at fashion week!
"I wanted to create a presentation that's experiential, where the pieces are bold in imagination."
Do you love yoga? Mara Hoffman makes a fun printed mat.
"There's no denying that the world is in a bit of a state. What we know, whether it be politics or fashion, is suddenly not what it is or has been. The rules are changing, but no one seems to have a playbook—so we're all just trying to hold on. For F/W 16, we wanted to explore with the idea of subversion and tradition—creating fabrics and silhouettes that at once feel both familiar and new, pretty and off. Creating a collection that felt true to us and who we are as a brand, referential and colorful, but also pushed and mildly uncomfortable."
"For fall/winter, we thought a lot about the juxtaposition of masculinity versus femininity. We focused on developing intricate fabrics, designing tailored silhouettes, and playing with feminine shapes while maintaining a sense of ease that is integral to the brand."
"Inspired by the tension of structured ease."
Need a new outfit for work? Banana Republic's edit so chic.
"Inspired by the makeup compacts made by Suzanne Belperron. Unrivaled in her use of colorful stones and the only woman in the history of master jewelers, Belperron left the rigid lines of Art Deco behind to carve stones into organic shapes. The F/W 16 collection begins with Art Deco and moves on to motifs inspired by nature and distant cultures."
"We design for the women that surround us; our new collection embodies these women."
"The mood is rejuvenation found in going against the grain. One always rises after a fall; instead of falling apart, she strives to elevate and rise above. She navigates a metropolitan landscape with attitude and a luminous energy."
"A little bit of this, a little bit of that."
"Billie Holiday singing the blues in an intimate jazz club, Sade's smooth and soulful sophisti-pop, Liza Minnelli's divine decadence in cabaret—this collection is about eclectic individuality, an homage to those who dream big."
"For F/W 16, I was inspired by outer space and the bold colors and forms of celestial bodies that exist in the night sky."
"My F/W 16 collection is titled Frequency and references the power of fluid lines, from those of my wire sculpture inspired by Jean Cocteau's sketch to the vibrations that transmit information around our universe. This little earring is a transmission beacon for good vibes."
"The royal gardens."
"From couture/utilitarian to soft/structured and masculine/feminine, my Milly F/W 16 collection is a spirited study of duality."
"Veda's F/W 16 collection draws inspiration from a number of influences from creative director Lyndsey Butler’s travels and experiences. Butler drew on her Southwestern roots by incorporating traditional equestrian tack and attire into her latest collection. There is also a combination of textures and strong colors, the use of various leathers and weights, as well as silks, suedes and cashmere."
"Experiments with embellishment are balanced with masculine shapes and utilitarian details."
"Victorian shapes, layered patterns, and new weaving techniques."
"F/W 16 is a play on masculine tailoring and feminine silhouettes. With juxtaposition between androgyny and romance, there is a subtle and unexpected sexiness throughout."
"A hint of old-world glamour with a modern twist."
"F/W 16 takes on a more organic, flowing silhouette, combining fabrics and textures."
"Coastal California—especially Big Sur and the Canyons of L.A.—in Winter. We wanted to make pieces that girls would have worn to dinner at Joni Mitchell’s Lauren Canyon house in January—cozy, textured chiffon dresses that are long and flowy, layered with blanket-like ponchos and capes."
"Our muse is a performer at heart, with an artistic sensibility."
"The collection is a tableau vivant of musical references, pairing '90s grunge with '60s insouciance, shown here in a slouchy hand-knit cable cardigan paired with an abbreviated skirt of layered razor sharp pleats."
"Downtown romantics and effortless elegance. A wardrobe of black, white, and gray layered with blush, rust, and verdigris. Cozy knits, wide trousers, stately tailoring, and delicate dresses. This collection is a celebration of my favorite things, the pieces, techniques, and ideas I love."
"In the shadow of innocence, surrounding light is exposed."
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