25+ Things NYFW Designers Were Inspired by This Season

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Season after season, New York Fashion Week comes at us as a week-long glimmering parade of ready-to-wear and, frankly, what-we're-more-than-ready-to-wear. Fashion! It's just too good! But of course, all that sartorial goodness had to come from somewhere. And us being the true journalists we are, we set out to find out what inspired this season's roster of fashion designers.

From an image snapped from an Uber to a daydream of a '70s beach vacation, scroll through to see what inspired designers and their upcoming spring/summer 2018 collections (and ICYMI, see what inspired designers last season, too).

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Hakan Akkaya

Hakan Akkaya
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"For Spring 2018, I mixed black and white geometric prints with soft pastel hues to create a collection full of edgy contrasts."

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Cinq à Sept

Cinq à Sept

"A modern fantasy."

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AUDRA

AUDRA
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"Old words are reborn with new faces." ―Criss Jami, Killosophy

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ADEAM

ADEAM
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"ADEAM Spring 2018 started with my trip to Hong Kong and how I was inspired by the East meets West aesthetic of the city. Hong Kong is a cultural melting pot where western influences are merged with the traditional Eastern aesthetic. There is a spirit of embracing different cultures and celebrating different kinds of beauty, which also led to my exploration of '70s disco. I love the bohemian spirit that existed in that era and the freedom with which people dressed at places like Studio 54. When you look at Guy Bourdin's photography of the era, you get a true sense of individuality. I wanted to merge all of these ideas into a collection that celebrates the freedom of expression." —Designer Hanako Maeda

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831MINHLE

831MINHLE
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"My mood board for this collection is full of soft neutral colors that don't evoke emotions necessarily but that call you to pay attention to the details and the way they caress the body. I was inspired by fluid shapes that are classic and timeless, yet offer the mind a modern twist. I am often inspired by time periods and architecture, although the Art Deco period is often an influence for the feminine aspects of my collections... especially SS18.

Oddly, as I began to complete pieces, I was inspired over and over again by what I was seeing, as I would glance up from the sewing machine and see hanging on the wardrobe rack pale colors and beautiful shapes peeking out from behind one another."

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BARRAGÁN

BARRAGÁN
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"Looking for inspiration and beauty in filthy places."

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Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley
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"Swing."

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Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka
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"Capri."

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Eugenia Kim

Eugenia Kim
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"In your dreams."

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Delpozo

Delpozo
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"Asymmetrical beauty."

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GRETA CONSTANTINE

GRETA CONSTANTINE
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"Uprooted. It's a collection driven by the feeling of being pulled, tugged, moved, shifted. Disorienting in some respects but stimulating in most others."

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Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano
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"My Spring 2018 collection feels like a dream—almost a psychedelic hallucination of what's inside my fantasy greenhouse. All the different plants and flowers inside come to life in the most romantic and beautiful way. I've used a bright and bold color palette, including electric fuchsia evening looks, sunny yellow day dresses, and grass green suiting. The collection is playful, bold, and feminine: a perfect mix of something new and exciting for our customer."

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ICB

ICB
Courtesy of Luis Eduardo Borges

"For SS18, the ICB girl finds herself in an urban wonderland, a dreamlike cityscape full of optical illusions."

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GREEDILOUS

GREEDILOUS
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"Botanic exotica."

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KÛR

KÛR
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"This collection uses Beeralu lace and etching prints to explore all ranges of femininity and formality, melding the lines between upscale dressing and urban street style." —Kasuni Rathnasuriya, KÛR

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Landero

Landero
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"American sportswear reimagined" —Robert Berry, Landero

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Lie

Lie
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"Perfect imperfection: Perfectly, I'm perfect."

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Michael Costello

Michael Costello
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"Inspired by the whimsy and romance of classic fairytales, Michael Costello's collection for S/S18 entices us with a dreamy escape from the monotony of the day-to-day while accentuating his signature alluring, modern silhouette."

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Marchesa

Marchesa
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"Enchantment."

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Laurence & Chico

Laurence & Chico
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"Blush brush."

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PH5

PH5
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"SS18 is dedicated to human influence on nature. The idea of artificially created, yet beautiful, arrangements. Focusing on flowers and mankind's desire to control nature."

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Sandy Liang

Sandy Liang
Sandy Liang

"From an Uber on Canal Street."

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Sally LaPointe

Sally LaPointe
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"Spring 2018 is a focus on the certain confidence and clarity you get from being direct." —Sally LaPointe

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Solace London

Solace London
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"Spring/Summer '18 explores opposite extremes as fabrication and technique continue to drive design."—Laura Taylor and Ryan Holliday-Stevens, Solace London

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Shoshanna

Shoshanna
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"For Spring 2018, Shoshanna was inspired by the joyful spirit and colorful town of Seville, Spain. Easy silk dresses with ruffle details evoke a festive flamenco mood for spring."

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TOME

TOME
Hollow Oak Tree, Fontainbleu, 1855-1857 & Square — Suzanne Bocanegra

"Modern dance."

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ZIMMERMANN

ZIMMERMANN
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"For Spring '18, I was inspired by images from the '60s and '70s of the sunny beach side strip called the Gold Coast in Australia. I was really attracted to the simple, sunny feeling in the photos—the somewhat kitschy hotels and apartments contrasted with the surf, the beautiful white sandy beaches, and a radiant golden light." —Designer Nicky Zimmermann

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