Designer Inspirations: Spring 2013

Designers give us a preview of what to expect on the Spring 2013 runway this Fashion Week.

Celia L. Smith Aug, 28, 2012

1 of 11 Courtesy of Rachel Roy

“For my Spring collection I explored this unexpected dreamland where reality and dreams merge and clothes act as the ultimate escape,” explains Rachel Roy.

2 of 11 Courtesy of Rachel Roy

Roy’s limeade one-shoulder gown.

3 of 11 Courtesy of Tracy Reese

For Spring 2013 Reese combines a variety of textures, patterns and details for an effortless collection of versatile silhouettes. Inspired by the rich range of hues found in David Hockney landscapes, Reese’s palette focuses on foliage-inspired greens, complimented by cool blues, lilacs, tangerines and neutrals. Reese achieves an unexpected and refreshing collection with the juxtaposition of organic and technical, soft and structured and sporty and feminine.

4 of 11 Courtesy of B Michael

“Spring 2013 in captures the perfect harmony between glamour and modern,” B Michael explains. “This collection is very specific — appealing to women who enjoy their femininity. The silhouettes are made of patterns, that in some instance, are 69 pieces for a single dress — only possible for couture. Fabrics are luxe and manipulated for texture or combined to create illusions of texture and color.” 

“There are two palettes. For day clothes: lots of navy-white neutrals; cocktail and party dresses in vivid floral tones such as coral. For evening: strong floral still against white or black. "

5 of 11 Courtesy of Nicole MIller

“My Spring 2013 collection is futuristic, inspired by sci-fi ’80s movies. I began to experiment pairing natural elements with new technologies and ended up with a collection of unexpected combinations and juxtaposed proportions,” describes Nicole Miller.

6 of 11 Courtesy of Lubov Azria

Design Inspiration: “Layers that Bond the Eye” – Lubov Azria
“Center medallion strips with multiple borders" quilt artwork by Annie May Young.

7 of 11 Courtesy of Lubov Azria

Design Inspiration: “Fearless” – Lubov Azria
St. Tropez, 1978 photography by Helmut Newton

8 of 11 Courtesy of Cushnie et Ochs

Designer Inspiration: This season was inspired by Michelle Ochs’ origins in the Philippines — drawing upon the country’s sharp architectural shapes and casual draped beachwear.

9 of 11 Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Design Inspiration: “Virtual traveler” – Tadashi Shoji

10 of 11 Courtesy of Norisol Ferrari

For Spring 2013, Norisol reflects on the past. “Think the curves of Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Rita Moreno,” says Ferrari. “All strong confident women who command attention, desire and respect.”

11 of 11 Courtesy of Christian Siriano

“My Spring 2013 collection was inspired by the Dream Ballet as performed by the American Ballet Theatre," says Christian Siriano. "When I watched their performance, I was immediately taken with the costumes worn by the dancers. The way each layer of colored tulle blended together as the dancers moved across the stage was beautiful and captivating. I wanted this collection to feel like that — romantic, feminine and delicate — but also modern enough to be wearable for women today.”