Designer Inspiration: NYFW Spring 2014

New York Fashion Week kicks off in a week and designers Tracy Reese, LaQuan Smith and more give us a sneak peek of what's to come.

Celia L. Smith Aug, 28, 2013

1 of 11 Courtesy of Tracy Reese

Designer 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. Balancing fresh, feminine styles and modern sportswear, the collection is rich in detail, including leather and raffia embroideries and authentic athletic accents." ––Tracy Reese

2 of 11 Courtesy of Rachel Roy

Designer Inspiration: “Strong and elegant.” ––Rachel Roy

3 of 11 Courtesy of LaQuan Smith

Designer Inspiration: "This season is all about luxury sportswear. I was inspired by the casualness of luxury pieces. I did a lot of traveling this season all I wanted to have is something that looked chic enough to take me to the airport and straight to a nice dinner once I arrived to my destination." ––LaQuan Smith

4 of 11 Courtesy of Mara Hoffman

Designer Inspiration: “I call this collection 'a gang of rainbow warriors.' If there were ever a gang that worshipped rainbows, this is what they would wear!” ––Mara Hoffman

5 of 11 Courtesy of Lubov Azria

Designer Inspiration: “Different cultural and geological references inspire the collection as seen in ancient tribes and tradition.” –– Lubov Azria

6 of 11 Courtesy of Lubov Azria

Designer Inspiration: “We were inspired by nature and modern art. Contemporary art inspired the choice of vivid colors, while more muted tones glean inspiration from the natural beauty of the world around us.” ––Lubov Azria

7 of 11 Courtesy of William Okpo

Designer Inspiration: "The William Okpo S/S '14 collection was inspired by our recent trips to Africa and Jamaica, and seeing the freedom of the youth. Kids riding their bikes with no shoes, or playing soccer with makeshift materials. We wanted to capture that childhood innocence we experienced on our travels." ––Lizzy & Darlene Okpo

8 of 11 Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Designer Inspiration: “Feminine empowerment.” ––Tadashi Shoji

9 of 11 Courtesy of Christian Siriano

Designer Inspiration: "The "Island of women" influenced silhouette's from grass-lined huts, picturesque color-blocked residential streets, stonework, and the locally abundant dahlia."  ––Christian Siriano

10 of 11 Courtesy of Rubin Chapelle

Designer Inspiration: "New York City sleekness meets Malibu ease." ––Sonja Rubin & Kip Chapelle

11 of 11 Courtesy of Nicole Miller

Designer Inspiration: "Spring 2014 is party dressing with an attitude. A bit extravagant, yet still feminine and luxe." ––Nicole Miller