Oscar de la Renta tantalizes us with a new take on the classic wing tip. He didn't elaborate on his inspiration for his spring 2012 collection, but we're guessing it heralds an edgier look for the master of fashion.
For her DKNY line, Donna Karan sums up the mood for spring in three words: "Red, white, blue."
A pared-down cool attitude sets the tone for the Rebecca Taylor collection. Her muse is contemporary, fresh, and ethereal, with unexpected cut-outs in silhouettes and shades of oyster, highlighted by bold citrus colors of lemon, lime and tangerine.
The collection promises cropped slouchy embellished sweaters, long skirts, voluminous outerwear in technical fabrics for a little edge, and apron back dresses mixed with bone colored snake leather bibs.
Tommy Hilfiger says he is designing his spring collection for "the girl on the go." Our translation: It's clothing that works in any situation, with lots of separates that can be mixed and matched.
Barbara Tfank, who will show her spring 2012 collection during Fashion Houston at the Wortham Center Oct. 10, plans to pay tribute to screen icon Elizabeth Taylor. "I was inspired by Andy Warhol's prints of her, in both the vibrant colors and the way he translated her image in a new and modern way," she says.
Callula Lillibelle designers William Calvert and Melanie Frasier also are looking to a screen icon for their spring inspiration. “The woman that symbolizes the 'every woman' icon today and brings the level of grace, glamour, command and unapologetic femininity of a modern day Sophia Loren," they say.
St. John creative director says the spring collection is inspired by singer Carly Simon. "She epitomizes the free spirit that is American glamour. Cool classic, effortless chic," he says. Although this sketch reminds us of another icon: Diana Ross.
New to fashion week, the Canadian designer Fotini says she found inspiration "in images of mysterious and confident women from Mario Testino's portraits in 'Todo o Nada,' Penelope Cruz's performance in 'Blow' and Angelina Jolie in everything she does. I am dressing a woman with this same cinematic sex appeal, the eternal sensuality of a strong woman in charge of her pleasure and destiny. “
“She's always a lady, but she never gives a damn."
Jenny Packham chose these lines from the Rolling Stones' song, "She's a Rainbow," for her inspiration:
“Have you seen her all in gold
Like a queen in days of old
She shoots colors all around
Like a sunset going down.”
Lela Rose promises to give a new twist to her party frocks for spring because she says she's inspired by "the neon graveyard—unrestored, faded and broken neon signs that dot the landscape of Las Vegas and Coney Island."
Chris Benz also looked to Coney Island for inspiration, but in a more upbeat tone. “Spring 2012 was inspired by the thrill of the exotic, especially the nostalgia of the summer spectacle of Coney Island,” he said.
Fiona Cibani, creative director of Ports 1961, has a bit of a Blade Runner vibe for the line's spring collection. “Broken glass, iridescent shine, and mosaic abstractions, express the future deluxe," she explains.
Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais say they are "Off to the Races" for spring. The theme for their show is "Thoroughbred" and this red jacket and ruffled skirt seems suited for a day at Saratoga.
“Colonial Vietnam: old world, romantic, refined simplicity" is the inspiration for Rachel Roy's collection.
One of the largest designer labels in Korea, Son Jung Wan is looking to the isle of Capri and its blue waters for spring.
“From the Piazzetta to Faraglioni Rocks, every inch of Capri is steeped with beautiful views and awe inspiring colors of nature. Of course, no visit to Capri is complete without a trip and swim in the Blue Grotto. That rich beautiful blue hue gave me inspiration for spring 2012,” she says.
One of Project Runway's most successful alumni, Christian Siriano plans a fierce collection. "Spring 2012 is all about a cool, hip, attitude when getting dressed. Casual luxury while traveling and exploring exotic beaches around the world," he says.
Johnson Hartig, designer of the Libertine spring collection, describes his inspiration this way: "The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw."
Tracy Reese says she is inspired by a "land of pure delight," pairing soft voluminous styles with lean, refined silhouettes.
A drapey culotte jumpsuit, complemented with drawstring waist and seductive neckline details, is paired with a lemon zest hat and printed platform sandals to embody the relaxed mood of the season, she explains.