Designer Inspirations

by kate on February 6, 2012

One of my favorite aspects of working for Anthology is getting the chance to share a bit of someone’s life story. Whether they’re opening up the doors to their homes; showing us around their studios and explaining their processes; or revealing their prized possessions—these talented individuals all share a bit of their lives with us, and for that we’re endlessly grateful.

If you’re like me, and you love getting a sneak peek inside talented minds and see what fuels their creative fires, then you will undoubtedly enjoy this article from New York Magazine on designer inspiration. To celebrate the beginning of New York Fashion Week, which begins February 9th, 99 designers shared a word and an image that encapsulates the inspiration behind their latest collections. You don’t have to be a huge follower of fashion to enjoy this series. Seeing how far and wide these designers will explore for inspiration—from the spheres of science, nature, art, and history; to the clothing and landscapes of the past; to a fragment of a material or shadows shapes captured on a sidewalk—it’s just a thrilling reminder of the capacity for creativity in all aspects of life.

I’ve rounded up my favorites, but you can check out the entire slideshow here. Apart from being an enjoyable visual preview of what’s to come on the runway, the series elicits an exciting question—where will your next inspiration come from?

{Image above: Erin by Erin Fetherston, “Fantasia”—Photo: Barry Underwood Photography}

{J. Crew, “Shape”—Photo: Irving Penn}

{Jen Kao, “Foxy” —Photo: Still from Wong Kar Wai film, Sony Pictures Classics}

{Bill Blass, “Chromatic” — Photo: “Then Suddenly Another Room,” a painting by Anette H .Flensburg}

{Edun, “Electric” — Photo: Courtesy of Edun}

{Kate Spade, “Serendipitous”—Photo: Collage courtesy of Kate Spade}

{Tess Giberson, “Wrap” —Photo: Christo, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, NY, 1969}

{Peter Som, “Boom” —Photo: John Chamberlain – A Retrospective Exhibition, Diane Waldman, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, 1971}

{Lela Rose, “Calatrava” —Photo: Alexander Tzonis, “Santiago Calatrava; The Complete Works- Expanded Edition,” Rizzoli, 2007}

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Amielle February 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm

The second and third images are probably my favourite. Such a wonderful idea. :)

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