February 3, 2007

Designer Inspirations for Fall 07

From Women's Wear Daily - I wonder how much it shows in the clothes....

High Fidelity
By Tara Bonet-Black

The art of the mixed tape is now considered old hat, but those customized soundtracks had an unmistakable personal stamp. The iPod has made that once-daunting task a breeze, and nobody appreciates it more than designers. Here, a look at the playlists that inspired their fall 2007 collections.

Laura Poretzky, Abaete
Fall inspiration: "The songs are only similar in the way that they are very romantic, and at the same time sad."
Playlist: "Lover, You Should've Come Over" by Jeff Buckley; "Change Your Mind" by The Killers; "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane; "Disritimia" by Martinho da Vila; "Sometimes" by My Bloody Valentine

Akiko Ogawa
Fall inspiration: "Contemporary and traditional fusion and the existence of delicacy in strength. These classic and current bands coming out of Europe have inspired my fall/winter 2007 collection."
Top played bands: "The Smiths"; "Kasabian"; "Joy Division"; "Sigur Ros"

Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia
Fall inspiration: "Nouvelle Vague's 'This Is Not A Lovesong' reminds me of sitting at my friend Nick's restaurant and indie rock bar 'BC' in Paris. It makes me think of late nights, girls all in black, dark and sexy but in a quirky French way. During the day I think of a white button down with a super sleet short black jumper over it, sexy high leather boots, beret and very red lips strolling through the 6eme."
Playlist: "This Is Not A Lovesong" by Nouvelle Vague; "Madame Hollywood" by Felix Da Housecat; "You Can't Be Funky" by Bush Tetras; "Underdressed" by Stellastarr; "I Need Your Love" by The Rapture

Benjamin Cho
Playlist: "Seadrums" and "House of Sun" by Boredoms; "Over the Edge" by Wipers; "The Greatest" by Cat Power; "Vienna" by Ultravox; "Only You" by Yaz

Carlos Miele
Fall inspiration: "I've been listening to some experimental jazz and electronic music from the U.S. and Brazil among other places that bring me this idea of a real ‘urban diva’. This music reflects the collection and the show's soundtrack. This idea of sophisticated, artsy and international music that could be listened to by the woman I am designing for in New York, Paris or Sao Paulo."
Top played musicians: "Ambitious Lovers"; "Ricardo Villalobos"; "Ursula Rucker"; "Jimi Tenor"; "Annette Peacock"

Views to a Thrill: Designer Inspirations

From screen siren Monica Vitti to children's heroine Madeline - with a little Hunter S. Thompson thrown in - designers have tapped into all sorts of inspirations for the upcoming runway shows in New York.

"Actually, my sincerest affection is the seeds of my last collection, and now molding it into a different, slightly more streamlined kind of chic." - Benjamin Cho

"This season is a purely selfish collection, filled with whatever we wanted to wear." - Stephanie Doucette and Annebet Duvall, Doucette Duvall

"Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano." - Michon Schur

"As a Milan-based men's wear designer, my fall collection veers away from my men's with soft, sculpted volumes innate to women's dressing while retaining refined tailoring, monochromatic coloring and precise engineering." - Neil Barrett

"Man meets nature and incorporates high tech for mankind and environment...and of course, fashion." - John Patrick, Organic

"Using fluidity and motion, bright colors, graphic prints and reflective fabrics, the collection continues to explore the fusion of sport functionality, fashion elegance and craftsmanship." - Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto, Y-3

"The richness of colors from the Abstract Expressionist movement, particularly Helen Frankenthaler - her lifestyle and paintings - evoked an image of a beautiful girl clad in chiffon, painting away her emotional angst." - Wenlan Chia, Twinkle by Wenlan

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