NY Fashion Week Fall 2017 Houston
New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week's split personality: Designer inspirations range from '90s hip hop to a celebration of American couture

Tadashi Shoji inspiration sketch New York Fashion Week fall 2017
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Christian Siriano inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Oday Shakar designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Pamella Roland fall 2017 inspiration sketch
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Nicholas K designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Monique Lhuillier designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Bibhu Mohapatra designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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J.Crew womenswear designer sketch inspiration fall 2017
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PH5 designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Raquel Allegra New York Fashion Week sketch fall 2017
Artwork by Wyatt Hough/courtesy of Raquel Allegra
NewbarK footwear sketch New York Fashion Week fall 2017
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Noon by Noor inspiration sketch New York Fashion Week fall 2017
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Rebecca Taylor fall 2017 inspiration
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Trina Turk inspiration New York Fashion Week fall 2017
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Nicole Miller designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Elie Tahari designer inspiration fall 2017
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Dan Liu designer inspiration fall 2017
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Dennis Basso designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Claudia Li designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Novis designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Leanne Marshall designer inspiration fall 2017
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Ji Oh designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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J.Crew designer fall inspiration sketch menswear
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Anniesa Hasibuan fall 2017 designer inspiration
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Chi Zhang designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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John Paul Ataker designer inspiration sketch fall 2017
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Taoray Wang inspiration fall 2017
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As New York Fashion Week kicks off, the biannual affair is showing signs of a split personality. Some designers are sticking to the plan of looking a season ahead (in this case showing next fall's clothes this week), while others have shifted to the "see now, buy now" phenomenon of selling designs directly from the runway.

Much of the action has moved to trendy SoHo, where the main fashion runway venue is located, although some designers are going uptown to show their collections. Christian Siriano will debut his collection at the Plaza Hotel, while Jason Wu has chosen the St. Regis to showcase his designs. 

While many top designers continue to show in New York, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford and Rebecca Minkoff have fled to Los Angeles this season, and some are wondering, will they return?

Amid all the chaos, a lot of interesting — and hopefully wearable — designs will grace the runways from established designers as well as up-and-comers. Here's a sampling of what's in store:


Designer: Tadashi Shoji

Inspiration: Revolution of Love

Designer: Christian Siriano

Inspiration: "For my fall 2017 collection, I was inspired by the beehive sand formations in the Valley of Fire State Park. The grooved lines and unique design created by wind caused a beautiful layered effect that inspired a collection full of powerful silhouettes and strong expressive shapes.

"The deep clay-colored valley inspired a rich and golden color palette full of open-weave textiles and luxe copper velvets. The collection is elegant and bold but modern for our customer." 

Designer: Oday Shakar

Inspiration: “Out of darkness, the beauty of light transcends.”

Designer: Pamella Roland

Inspiration: “I was inspired by a recent trip to see Rothko’s latest exhibition at the Pace Gallery. Rothko’s use of color in his entire body of work is the core of my fall/winter 2017 collection.”


Designer: Nicholas Kunz of Nicholas K

Inspiration: "90's Hip Hop" 

Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Inspiration: “Celebration of American couture”


Designer: Bibhu Mohapatra

Inspiration: The blurred line between play and reality.

Designer: J.Crew head of women's design Somsack Sikhounmuong

Inspiration: "Old School"

Designer: Ph5

Inspiration: “This season we were inspired by Martin Creed’s work on the simple curve, the rhythm, and the lightness of a balloon.”

Designer: Raquel Allegra

Inspiration: “The glowing of crimson lava flow”

Designer: NewbarK's Maryam and Marjan Malakpour

Inspiration: "The fall/winter '17 collection is inspired by the exoticism and glamour of the '60s Factory Girl, socialites and
 heroines with modern elegance and poise. It is about optimism, ability, beauty, quality
. The world is a crazy, beautiful, ugly, and complicated place, and it keeps moving on from crisis to strangeness to beauty to weirdness."

Designer: Noon by Noor

Inspiration: "Captivating"

Designer: Rebecca Taylor

Inspiration: Fall 2017 explores the duality of modern femininity grounded in utilitarian detail. Strong lines are softened by 3-d charismatic ruffles and a luxurious collage of textures. The collection conveys a feminine spirt that merges romanticism withpracticality, and embodies a maximalist approach to self-expression.

Designer: Trink Turk

Inspiration: LA Confidential

Designer: Nicole Miller

Inspiration: "My fall 2017 collection is an exploration of New York’s darker street edge. I wanted to move from St. Mark’s Place presented in pre-fall to dig deeper into the underground scene of the city. The collection looks to the future, mixing influences of mysticism and symbols with a modern take on grunge."


Designer: Elie Tahari

Inspiration: The Garden of Eden.


Designer: Dan Liu

Inspiration: Another world of whimsy and delight.

Designer: Dennis Basso

Inspiration: “Romantic Bohemia”

Designer: Claudia Li

Inspiration:​“Take me away to a different place and time." 

Designer: Novis founder and creative director Jordana Warmflash

Inspiration: “I used Danish and Swedish modern design as the inspiration and starting off point for the for the Novis autumn/winter 2017 collection. I was particularly drawn to the contrast between linear shapes and more fluid and round design sensibility, which I have explored through use of florals, plaids and textures and seaming details.” 

Designer: Leanne Marshall

Inspiration: Leanne Marshall’s fall/winter collection is centered on finding new life and new beginnings from the old. The earthy colors of the collection symbolize the cycle of life and pops of red in the collection portray a source of power and strength. The designer is weaving an eco-centric theme into this collection revitalizing remnant and excess fabrics into a new fashion story.


Designer: Ji Oh

Inspiration: "Girls gone wild."

Designer: J.Crew head of men's design Frank Muytjens

Inspiration: "Finding the balance between Nonconformity and classic men’s codes.”



Designer: Anniesa Hasibuan

Inspiration: All about drama.

Designer: Chi Zhang

Inspiration: “The instinctive imagination of human beings combined with science and technology is the inspiration for the fall/winter 2017 collection.”

Designer: John Paul Ataker's Numan Ataker

Inspiration: The fall/winter 2017 collection is an homage to the beauty and strength of the women of Yazidi.


Designer: Taoray Wang's Wang Tao

Inspiration: "This season I was inspired by a modern Chinese drama depicting the Qing Dynast crossing over from ancient times to our modern world.”