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Fashion Week: Designer sketches and inspirations
Designers dish on the inspiration behind their spring 2014 collections.
BETSEY JOHNSON: "It's all about having an easy prescription for dressing. It's my personal favorite stuff. You take your 'one-a-day Betsey' pill just as the doctor ordered and call me in the morning."
Lela Rose says "Spring 2014 is inspired by mid-century modern design and the then futuristic undulating shapes that defined that era." (Credit: Handout )
DENNIS BASSO: "Hollywood goddesses Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth and Sophia Loren embodied the strength, allure and elegance that has inspired my 30th anniversary spring/summer collection."
TADASHI SHOJI: "A liberating flight."
BCBGMAXAZRIA (Lubov Azria, chief creative officer): "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."
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: "My spring 2014 collection is primarily inspired by a recent trip to Mexico's Isla Mujeres: the 'Island of Women.' I took influence from the shapes and imagery of grass-lined huts, picturesque color-blocked residential streets, stonework and the locally-abundant dahlia."
RACHEL ZOE: "Modern safari mixed with ethereal elements."
TRACY REESE: "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."
TRINA TURK: "For spring 2014, we're on a California road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway."
REBECCA MINKOFF: "We looked at Bianca Jagger's life prior to her Studio 54 days, and we were drawn to her Latin-American upbringing. Other influential Latin-American women across all decades starting coming to mind. ... The result was American sportswear-inspired pieces with strong Latin-American details."
BIBHU MOHAPATRA: "Expression without regulation."
HERVE LEGER BY MAX AZRIA (Lubov Azria, chief creative officer): "Different cultural and geological references inspire the collection as seen in ancient tribes and tradition."
MARA HOFFMAN: "I call this collection a gang of rainbow warriors. If there were ever a gang that worshipped rainbows, this is what they would wear." (Credit: Hannah Rood)
REBECCA TAYLOR: "Spring/summer 2014 is modern romanticism. Construction details and trims reference early American workwear with a hint of feminism."
JENNY PACKHAM: "The most glamorous picnic with a '70s inspiration."