Spring 2014 Fashion Week Countdown: What 24 Designers Did This Summer
It seems like the entire world is waiting with bated breath to see what designers have in store for us at the white tents this year. While sneak peeks of their spring/summer 2014 collections are strictly off-limits, we did get a glimpse of what they have been up to during the weeks leading up to New York Fashion Week, inside the studio and out. Just like you, they have been soaking in the summer sun, chilling shoreside…and even working. Read up on their vacation anecdotes and see some Kodak-worthy snapshots, including the Marchesa girls taking a dip in St. Lucia, Karen Walker teaching her little one how to swim, Deborah Lloyd (of Kate Spade) taking a joy ride upstate and more. Click through to journey through 24 designers' summers.
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Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig of Marchesa Voyage
"We took a trip to St. Lucia-it was beautiful there. Our surroundings were inspiring and gave us many new ideas for future Marchesa Voyage collections, which is designed around our travels and experiences."
"I taught my little girl how to snorkel."
Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade
"I love to spend my summer days cruising with Penelope Pitstop (my vintage 1961 Jaguar E-series) in upstate New York!"
Anna Laub of Prism
"I traveled to Miami for Miami Swim Week. We worked with the team at The Standard to create a new boutique show called Standard Swim and held a launch party on the first night to kick off the festivities."
"I went on a safari for nine days in Tanzania with seven of my nieces and nephews! We changed camps every few days, from Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti. I loved being away in a different environment and experiencing a world where the wildlife dominates everything!"
Tom Mora of J. Crew
"Relaxing weekends at the beach on Fire Island."
In Santorini, Greece: "Sheer bliss."
"I've always been fascinated with the practice of whirling dervishes, and when in Istanbul this summer, I was honored to attend a private ceremony. It was an intoxicating experience of repetition and rhythm, shape and form-a truly inspiring moment that I won't soon forget."
"I went to Israel with Barbra Streisand, my soul sister. We had the most amazing time. President Shimon Peres requested Barbra to sing for his 90th birthday. I got to catch up with President Clinton and Robert De Niro, two men I adore, and met so many wonderful new people too. Barbra sang, first in Hebrew and then inEnglish. It was nothing short of magical. Then I went off on a boatto a spa in Turkey where I practiced yoga with new friends. The best part iswhen I returned, summer was just beginning in the Hamptons."
Hanako Maeda of ADEAM
"I took a week off in June before Fashion Week prep madness and went to Hawaii for vacation. The beach is beautiful, and I had an amazing view of the Diamond Head from my room! Also spotted chic surfers in North Shore, which gave me an athletic inspiration for Spring."
Jenni Kayne (left)
"I spent the summer at our house in Lake Tahoe. One of my favorite things we did was go to a charity rodeo. My kids Ripley and Tanner loved it!"
"In the midst of color and concept review for Pre-Fall 2014."
"I made friends in Japan!"
Jordana Warmflash of Novis
"This summer I relaxed at my parents' house in the Berkshires."
"On top of the world in beautiful Tuscany."
"This summer was dedicated to work. Vacation did not fit into the equation. We've had many changes such as moving to a new studio, launching our e-commerce, preparing for the first Marissa Webb runway show and the managing of all the demands of an increasing evolving business."
Max Osterweis of Suno
"I spent July 4th weekend at my house on Shelter Island. The peonies were just finishing their bloom. I also visited one of my favorite stores-Cabela's!"
"I took a holiday to Sicily to recalibrate and focus before my show. My husband and I got married in Venice last year so Italy holds special memories for me. I took this photograph at an outdoor screening we set up at the villa we stayed at, which sums up the Sicilian atmosphere from the colors, to the prints to the full-bodied wine-this vacation was simply magical."
"One of my summer highlights was a fun collaboration with the Styleliner in the Hamptons. We put on an impromptu fashion show in Montauk with cute surfer girls straight from the beach!"
"I made a stop in London to check out the exhibit of one of my muses, David Bowie, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Took my breath away. During my design inspiration trip to Paris, this beautiful coral mirror caught my eye at an antique shop on the Rive Gauche."
"First day of my vacation in the Maldives-jumping with joy to be on such a beautiful island for 2 weeks of relaxation!"
"Back in the office...lots of spring fabrics arrived while we were gone!"
"Bird's first summer in the country."
Giovanna Randall of Honor
"I tried to go out every weekend and test out my new/old polaroid camera. This was taken on my rooftop."