FALL 2016 COLLECTIONS
In each season, there are a handful of seasoned veterans that draw on their travels for inspiration. For all the more love of beautiful, exotic locations - we truly love hearing the story behind each collection. But we can't blame the designers for drawing some major inspo from their travels.
1. BROTHER VELLIES
“I took a magical trip to Ethiopia while I was designing this collection. I was inspired by the people of the Omo Valley and how they interact with the landscape around them to make their environment a beautiful and sustainable place. I hope this collection can feel as alive as the people whose hands helped bring it to life.” — Aurora James, Designer
2. ULLA JOHNSON
"A mood of rock and roll extravagance prevails in the collection mixing far flung elements such as Afghani wedding coats, crafted from the finest embroidered shearling, with delicate swirling lace in flirty mod shapes." — Ulla Johnson
3. TOMMY HILFIGER
"We’re doing nautical for fall, and it’s about the transatlantic journey, the voyage, and mixing modern with vintage,” Hilfiger said backstage at the Park Avenue Armory. “It’s new shapes, it’s taking classics and making them very modern and saying it with a sense of humor." On board of the larger-than-life 'T.H. ATLANTIC' were names like Gigi Hadid and Sara Sampaio, who really truly brought this nautical-inspired collection to life. We'll let Tommy charter us a boat any day of the week.
A a covetable collection inspired by Tilda Swinton in "Only Lovers Left Alive," Joseph Altuzarra's Fall/Winter 2016 collection was infused with influences ranging from 19th Century textiles to Indian paisleys, Venetian pearls and Moroccan and Turkish folkloric costumes. "If you could see the studio when we were working on this collection... there was so much stuff," he said enthusiastically.
“Japanese Boro Patchwork,” Adeam’s designer Hanako Maeda sums up the collection. This collection in particular was perhaps more expressively and kinetically in the vein of exploring Japan’s cultural capital. “I looked at Japanese arts and crafts, its folklore,” said the designer. Specifically, she’s repurposed boro patchwork (“artisans, fisherman, they’d take rags from old kimonos and patch them up to use for their own stuff”) and kumihimo braiding (“it’s the weave samurai used to put their armor together”).
Titled “Mirror Mirror,” many of the fabric's prints and patterns reflected the architecture in India, and Zimmermann experimented with unique embellishments of reflective capabilities to evoke unexpected surface details. The tone was playful, vibrant and romantic lending a very feminine take on an India theme.
6. ALICE + OLIVIA
"New York City circa the 70s... the downtown art scene at the time when the city was financially imploding and culturally exploding with creativity." — Stacey Bendett
7. BANANA REPUBLIC
These days it seems as if everyone is obsessed with French-girl fashion, so it makes perfect sense that Banana Republic's FW16 collection was full of pretty, Parisian-inspired pieces. While the collection felt fresh, the brand stuck to what it's known for — polished and preppy work-appropriate garments — and executed it all quite well.
8. REBECCA MINKOFF
"The global traveler was the force behind our inspiration for the fall season. I wanted her to feel like someone who looks cool no matter what country she's in or who she's with — someone who is confident and at ease regardless of her surroundings.” — Rebecca Minkoff
9. VERONICA BEARD
Inspired by a “gypsy caravan,” the designers of Veronica Beard played with the juxtaposition of bohemian ease and men’s wear tailoring.
**NEW DESIGNER ALERT
“I was inspired by The Angel Falls in Venezuela. It is the perfect combination of nature, texture and beauty shaped by the breathtaking Tepuys mountains.” — Karina Gamez, Designer