An exclusive look at our favorite designers' sketches for NYFW.
Feb, 07, 2012
1 of 12Tracy Reese
For fall 2012, Reese offers an optimistic color palette of vibrant tomato, juniper green and lemon to enliven neutral browns, grays and black. A mixture of fabric, textures and embellishments creates dimension on tailored silhouettes. Bold pops of fiery orange energize the classic contrast of black and white, as seen on her Black Box Jacquard Pea Jacket and Bi-Level Mini (paired with the Tomato Falling Leaves Ruched Turtleneck and Black Tomato Gold Mixed Media Pump). A subtle peplum updates a classic mini, yet remains flattering and wearable.
2 of 12Tadashi Shoji
The inspiration for Shoji’s new collection, he says, is the “Golden Age of Shanghai,” as represented by glam Old Hollywood stars Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo in two classic movies.
3 of 12Tadashi Shoji
Here, a sketch from Shoji’s collection inspired by Shanghai Express, about a young woman (Marlene Dietrich) re-kindling an old flame on an intense train ride to Shanghai.
4 of 12Tadashi Shoji
The inspiration for this look: Greta Garbo in the film Mata Hari, about a Dutch exotic dancer and famous spy during World War I.
5 of 12Byron Lars
If the Byron Lars Beauty Mark Fall 2012 collection had to be summed up in a word, that word would be “shape.” Necklines are built up in front and dive down in back to bare the nape and shoulder blades, while hemlines are fortified with horse hair and net underpinnings to create subtle yet dramatic effects. Even the most ethereal chiffon chemise dresses are shaped to evoke images of deconstructed origami.
6 of 12IO-Factory
Doo.Ri’s design inspiration: Butoh, a performance art that originated in 1960s Japan.
7 of 12Doo.Ri
The designer says she was inspired by Butoh’s “poetic movement.”
8 of 12Rachel Roy
“This season’s collection borrows inspiration from nature’s landscape,” Roy says. “The color palette contrasts between dark tones of granite, slate and soil with pops of bright pinks and purples. Prominent colors of warm and cool shades of green and berry with brushed coppers are combined in beautiful silhouettes.”
9 of 12Rachel Roy
Design inspiration: “Modern landscape architecture.” – Rachel Roy
Fall/Winter is about urban environments meeting nature, combined with the minimalism of the 1950s and ’60s.
10 of 12Lubov Azria
Design inspiration: “Our collection is inspired by the Bauhaus movement; manifesting an architectural aesthetic.” – Lubov Azria
11 of 12Lubov Azria
Design inspiration: “Our collection is inspired by modern architecture, equestrian details and automotive interiors.” – Lubov Azria
12 of 12Cushnie et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs
Design inspiration: “This season we explored the idea of second skin and the contouring lines of the body. Inspired by the movie The Skin I Live In, we delve into the allure of revealing and concealing the body.” – Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs
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