All the Beautiful Travel Inspiration at New York Fashion Week
It’s no secret fashion designers often look to far-flung locales as inspiration for their work. At the most recent New York Fashion Week, designers showcased their love of exploration, be that in the French Riviera, the wilds of Tanzania, or the American Southwest. Read on for some of the week’s most intriguing globetrotting collections.
Karla Martinez contributed to the reporting of this story.
Inspired by: The Caribbean, specifically Mustique, where the designer has a home. Hilfiger says they aimed to capture “the laidback island lifestyle,” with “relaxed Caribbean influences and an effortlessly sophisticated feel.”
Creatures of the Wind
Inspired by: 1930s wallpaper from London interiors.
Inspired by: Japanese wisteria gardens and the angles of Tatami rooms.
Creatures of Comfort
Inspired by: Famed French architect Le Corbusier’s Radiant City in Marseille, France.
Inspired by: Taylor Camp, a nudist colony in Kauai populated by hippies in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Inspired by: Taylor’s recent trip to Kenya, Tanzania and Morocco, where she “was moved by the vibrant pigments, novel textures, and ornate architectural motifs,” she says. She “wanted to tell a story that had a fluidity to its shape and was pulsating in color.”
Inspired by: A holiday in St. Tropez and the French Riviera. “The Frame girl has traveled back in time, across the Atlantic to the Cote D’Azur,” notes designers Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson. “[Here] for an iconic moment in the ‘70s, the bourgeoisie met the boys from the bands and the landscape was still exotic.”
Inspired by: The Basque Region. “This season began as an exploration of my Basque heritage,” says Joseph Altuzarra. “I was inspired by the inherent beauty of the materials and crafts of the region, and the ease and humility it exuded.”
Inspired by: A holiday in Italy, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, and Corsica.
Rag & Bone
Inspired by: A London transplant settling into late ‘90s Brooklyn.
Inspired by: Late 1960s Americana. "The vast landscape of the Southwest holds an incomparable beauty unlike anywhere I have been in the world,” the designer notes. “It is the unending miles of cornfields and the big, open blue skies that resonated so deeply with me, and imprinted themselves in my heart and my mind, which are reflected in this collection.”
Inspired by: The designer’s native Nepal, specifically the work of artist Laxman Shreshtha.
Michael Kors Collection
Inspired by: The jet set life and summers in Aspen, Colorado.
Inspiration: New York City.
Inspired by: Tahiti and Honolulu.
Inspired by: A trip from Cote d’Azure to Paris in the spring.