Leading up to fashion week, designers spend many months painstakingly planning their collections. One of the first steps in this process is developing a creative vision via artwork, mood boards and sketches. Tomorrow, New York Fashion Week officially begins, debuting a slew of new spring and summer trends for 2018. Ahead, designers share the inspiration behind the looks and give us a sneak peek at what’s sure to hit big.
"I was really attracted to the simple, sunny feeling in these photos—the somewhat kitschy hotels and apartments contrasted with the surf, the beautiful white sandy beaches and a radiant, golden light. This clear light is something very Australian for me and something I'm always drawn to. The blues are bluer and the color just goes pop." —Nicky Zimmermann
"I was inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's brilliant life, work and wardrobe." —Rosetta Getty
"Spring 2018 is a focus on the certain confidence and clarity you get from being direct." —Sally LaPointe
"Spring/Summer 2018 explores opposite extremes as fabrication and technique continue to drive design." —Cofounders Laura Taylor and Ryan Holliday-Stevens
"Human influence on nature. Artificially created, yet still beautiful." —Mijia Zhang and Wei Lin
"An ironic approach to streetwear, transporting the sporty aesthetic into a vibrant yachting club. Wearable knits and bright colors showcase Italian craftsmanship and technical fabrics, exuding equal parts sophistication and fun." —Giulano Calza
"Looking to antique botanical drawings for inspiration, I evolved the floral theme of the last couple seasons into the world of the ethereal jungle and enchantment, using laces, custom prints and embellishment to explore this theme in a palpable way." —Founder and creative director Jordana Warmflash
"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.
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." —Minh Le
"Lately I have been feeling really nostalgic about a time in my life when I first became captivated by fashion. Reemerging photos of Princess Diana recall a time when clothes were romantic and we were all filled with hope." —Rebecca Taylor
"The core of what I'm inspired by each season is pretty much the same—my neighborhood and the people in it, including my family and friends. Everything that inspires me is super personal and usually references my childhood in some way. Even though I grew up in Queens, I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Chinatown and the Lower East Side because my dad opened Congee Village in 1997, and my mom would drive us to my grandmother's apartment on Rivington Street at least once or twice a week and we would go grocery shopping in Chinatown." —Sandy Liang