NEW YORK — The crumbling ruins of Detroit. A punk rock garden party. Midcentury modern design. Silver screen goddesses of a long-ago era.These are just a few of the sources of inspiration for designers who are showing their spring 2014 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
As the fashion extravaganza kicked off, we asked some up-and-coming designers as well as some well-known names to give us a sneak peek at what they plan to show on the runway and what inspired them.
Here's what they had to say:
Inspiration: Beaded and embroidered tribal motifs with sports elements such as micro-mesh.
Inspiration: Expression without regulation.
Inspiration: The "island of women" influenced silhouettes from grass-lined huts, picturesque color-blocked residential streets, stonework and the locally abundant dahlia.
Inspiration: Punk rock garden party.
Inspiration: "For spring 2014, 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 faraway places and faraway times. This is the season to explore."
Inspiration: Spring 2014 is inspired by midcentury modern design and the then-futuristic undulating shapes that defined that era.
Inspiration: "From the dusted sands of time, my Serpent Queen rises to her glory."
Inspiration: Tracy Reese spring 2014 radiates sensuality, energy and optimism with an array of bold, spirited styles infused with Afro-Cuban influences to create an aesthetic full of texture and movement. The collection is rich in detail, including leather and raffia embroideries and authentic athletic accents.
Inspiration: Spring/summer 2014 is modern romanticism. Construction details and trims reference early American workwear, with a hint of feminism. Botanic inspiration is abstracted in prints, with transparent layers of color. Neutrals of palest gray and sage green are balanced with a strong base of cayenne and nude, with a pop of robin’s egg blue.
Inspiration: "This season we were inspired by the people and landscape of the Mediterranean. Everyone is so happy and full of life; that is the spirit Desigual captures for spring.”
Inspiration: Intersection of form and function.
Inspiration: "My inspiration for my spring/summer 2014 collection comes straight from Malibu, California. To me Malibu represents true barefoot luxury. It's effortless style, modern, fresh and always chic. It's where I go to relax and have fun."
Inspiration: "This season is about making the invisible visible thus revealing the secret pleasure of the creative process."
Inspiration: Inspired by the history of urban Detroit, its current crumbling economic state, combined with an appreciation for the survivalist spirit of the city as it moves towards a transformation, Ann Yee presents her spring/summer 2014 collection: Resurgence. Resurgence revels in the structured, metallic elements of the auto industry and the draped, angular silhouettes of the city’s weathered buildings against the skyline.
“Resurgence focuses on the rise and fall of the city, what it represented to America in its heydey — Motown, the auto industry and how inevitably it will come back around," the designer says.
"I wanted to create awareness about Detroit's unique culture, history and its current state. Through my work, I'd like people to see the possibility of the city being something of value once again.”
Inspiration: "This season I was inspired by Morocco and the romantic, picturesque sun-drenched Sahara Desert. It is such a mysterious place where you can wander, get lost, and find peace and beauty."
Inspiration: "Hollywood goddesses Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth and Sophia Loren embodied the strength, allure and elegance that has inspired my 30th anniversary spring/summer collection."
Inspiration: "The spring 2014 collection is inspired by the freedom and motion associated with Gerhard Richter's work blended with the colors and stateliness of the English countryside."
Inspiration: "For spring/summer 2014, I got the inspiration from the gemstone's cuts, colors, brightness and transparency."
Inspiration: Inspired by her recent trip to the Cannes Film Festival, Roland has created a collection for spring 2014 that captures the glamour and energy of the star-studded French Riviera as it was in the 1960s.
Inspiration: Inspired by the architecture of Brasilia with the contrast of strong linear shapes against graceful curves.
Inspiration: Novis Spring 2014 is inspired by midcentury modern architecture and furniture design. The influence is translated into the collection through use of clean silhouettes, angular seaming details, sharp colors, geometric prints and layering of fabrics.
Inspiration: Botanical overload.