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N.Y. Fashion Week sneak peek

Dozens of top designers will parade their Spring/Summer 2014 designs down the catwalk for the spectacle known as New York Fashion Week beginning Sept. 5. Celebrities, editors, bloggers, and savvy gate crashers will get an up-close look at what women will be wearing next summer (at least those women with the income, daring, and willowy physique necessary to pull off these looks). Before designers send their clothes down the runway, they devour films, read books, travel, and ruminate until inspiration hits and the sketching begins. We asked some of the biggest designers showing at Fashion Week to share their inspirations — and sketches — for a preview of what’s in store.

Christian Siriano

“My Spring 2014 collection is primarily inspired by a recent trip to Mexico’s Isla Mujeres: the ‘Island of Women.’ I took influence from the shapes and imagery of grass-lined huts, picturesque color-blocked residential streets, stonework, and the locally abundant dahlia.”


Rachel Zoe

“Modern safari mixed with ethereal elements.”


29inspiration This is a sketch from Tracy Reese's S/S 2014 line which will be shown during New York Fashion Week, Please add to the folder 29inspiration. It's a handout.Handout

Tracy Reese

“Building on Afro-Cuban cultural influences, key looks such as a bold lapis and scarlet floral flyaway frock with back ruffle detail, a striped scarlet and black flyaway tee, structured crisp white trousers and fisherman-inspired sandals express the effortless style of the modern woman who is sexy, assured, and contemporary.”

Herve Leger (Lubov Azria, chief creative officer)

“Different cultural and geological references inspire the collection as seen in ancient tribes and tradition.”

These are sketches of dresses from Dennis Basso's Spring/Summer 2014 collection. handout images / 29inspiration

Dennis Basso

“Hollywood goddesses Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, and Sophia Loren embodied the strength, allure, and elegance that inspired my 30th anniversary Spring/Summer collection.”

Rebecca Minkoff

“We looked at Bianca Jagger’s life prior to her Studio 54 days, and we were drawn to her Latin American upbringing. Other influential Latin American women across all decades started coming to mind with Frida Kahlo at one end of the spectrum and contemporaries such as Caroline Issa and Alice Dellal at the other.”

Christopher Muther can be reached at christopher.muther@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.