Designer Inspirations: Fall 2013

A sneak peek of what designers have in store for upcoming New York Fashion Week.

Celia L. Smith Feb, 01, 2013

1 of 17 Courtesy of Rachel Roy

Designer Inspiration: "Global artistic expression informs the modern exotic with re-imagined shape, color, and texture."  Rachel Roy

2 of 17 Courtesy of Tracy Reese

Designer Inspiration: For fall 2013 Reese is very much inspired by New York with all its harshness and beauty. Reese combines a variety of rich textures and both feral and romantic patterns for a collection of sexy silhouettes with an emphasis on hourglass dresses, longer slim skirts, sweater tunics and bold, meaty jackets and coats.

With a strong dress presence in this season's collection, a classic and flattering Floral Frock in Scarlet is embellished with delicate beading and paired with a flat closed-toe bootie to create a timeless and modern, yet easy-to-wear look.

3 of 17 Courtesy of B Michael

Designer Inspiration: "I am inspired to create a collection that reflects the essence of our most magnificent sense of self.  This collection is meant to appeal to our innate desire for love of life and to feel beautiful. With each dress I imagined the woman in a scenario where she would feel her most beautiful. The charge has been to go beyond mere practicality but rather flirt with imagination and extravagant notions of style. Dressing for the love of it!" B Michael

4 of 17 Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Designer Inspiration:  “The fall of the Romanov dynasty” Tadashi Shoji

5 of 17 Courtesy of Hervé Leger

Designer Inspiration: “Opulence in Nature” Lubov and Max Azria

6 of 17 Courtesy of Nicole MIller

Designer Inspiration: "My Fall 2013 collection is inspired by girls who dress like boys — the timeless tomboy. I am experimenting with menswear-inspired patterns in a subdued color palette, with leather and fur accents throughout the collection." Nicole Miller

7 of 17 Courtesy of Christian Siriano

Designer Inspiration: "This season I was inspired by the golden age of Russian Opera to create a glamorous and opulent collection, rich with sophisticated shapes, gilded and embossed fabrications, and deep jewel-toned colors.” Christian Siriano

8 of 17 Courtesy of Pamella Roland

Designer Inspiration: "For Fall 2013, I was inspired by the ornate interior of the winter palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia." Pamella Roland

9 of 17 Courtesy of Rafael Cennamo

Designer Inspiration: "50 Shades of Gold" Rafael Cennamo

10 of 17 Courtesy of Dennis Basso

Designer Inspiration: Dennis Basso’s 30th anniversary collection is a tribute to the great American fashion icons. Women such as Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness and Milicent Rogers embody the glamour, strength and elegance that have inspired him throughout his career.

11 of 17 Courtesy of Charlotte Ronson

Designer Inspiration: “This season I am keeping it close to home and taking inspiration from my British heritage, touching on the 1960’s silhouette and its graphic elements. Colors are deep and saturated, and the feeling is a little tougher and more angular.” Charlotte Ronson

12 of 17 Courtesy of Whit

Designer Inspiration: “Fall 2013 is inspired by enchanted and fresh romanticism.” Whit

13 of 17 Courtesy of Kelly Wearstler

Designer Inspiration: “My Fall 2013 collection, with its architecturally fueled cocktail dresses, boldly textured tunics and color-saturated wovens are an abrstract play on famed architect Ettore Sottsass’s signature totems,” explains Kelly Wearstler.

14 of 17 Courtesy of Timo Weiland

Designer Inspiration: "Baroque military" Timo Weiland

15 of 17 Courtesy of Joy Cioci

Designer Inspiration: "The Labyrinth" Joy Cioci

16 of 17 Courtesy of Daniel Vosovic

Designer Inspiration: "For AW13 I was looking at the structure and texture of beautiful aquatic flora and fauna, using it as a jumping off point for a color story and embroidery.” Daniel Vosovic

17 of 17 Courtesy of Porsche Design

Designer Inspiration: "The Porsche Design Fall 2013 collection is inspired by rigorist architecture and volume," describes Thomas Steinbruck, Creative Director of Porsche Design.