Now, as a man who edits the country's most widely-read women's fashion magazine, I am particularly interested in seeing what women designers have in store for women each season. After all, they undoubtedly bring a first-person perspective to the equation. Nobody questions whether or not, a Donna Karan or a Victoria Beckham say, can relate to women. We have to assume that they not only design for their customer but also for themselves. How then does a female designer's experience as a working woman—often times a working mother—influence the clothes she sends down the runway as she imagines the role they might play in the real world? Who is today's woman and what does she need?
Here's a look at just who or what inspired some of the queens of the NYFW runway, in their own words:
Monique Lhuillier—Sheer, stripped down elegance. Victoria Beckham—Boy meets girl sensibility. Tracy Reese—Afro-Cuban culture. Trina Turk—A surf-and-sun California road-trip.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row—True American culture. Carolina Herrera—The kinetic art movement. Donna Karan—Urban safari.
While the creative spark may vary, it's clear that the 2014 woman is formidable, vibrant, global and decidedly modern.
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