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Fashion Forward: Designer Inspirations

Manolo Blahnik... Donna Karan... Laurence Dacade... Brian Atwood...

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Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik

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Donna Karan

Donna Karan

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MANOLO BLAHNIK

Where he goes to find free inspiration:
“There are hundreds of small museums I could go to, places like Sir John Soames, which is my favorite. Or the Wallace Collection, where they have the most perfect collection of French and English 18th-century paintings and decorative objects. I could also stay at home and watch movies — I’ve still got lots of DVDs that I need to go through. I always find films very inspiring.”

Who influences him:
“I’m mostly inspired by people from history, from objects I see around me in my daily life, by scenes from movies, or excerpts from literature. It could be just a line, or a paragraph that triggers something.”

What he’s most looking forward to this spring/summer:
“I wish I could say going away on holiday somewhere by the sea, but alas, I shall be working through most of it. I enjoy working, so I am looking forward to that.”


DONNA KARAN

Where she goes to find free inspiration:
“I go outside. There’s nothing more inspiring than being outdoors in nature. It could be the beach, hiking a trail, skiing the slopes or simply walking in Central Park.”

Who influences her:
“In life, I’m inspired by anything I haven’t done. It’s true for my designs, too, but I would also say my life itself inspires me. As a woman I know what I need, what I crave, what I feel like wearing — especially when it comes to Collection. For DKNY, I look more to my daughter, my grandkids and the young, creative team around me.”

What she’s most looking forward to this spring/summer:
“Vacation time!”

Laurence Dacade

Laurence Dacade

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Brian Atwood

Brian Atwood

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LAURENCE DACADE

Where she goes to find free inspiration:
“I open my desk drawer full of archives and research, as I am working on it every minute!”

Sources of influence:
“I love cities from all over the world — the diversity, the life inspires me. London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Bangkok, New York, New Delhi …”

What she’s most looking forward to this spring/summer:
“My birthday presents!”


BRIAN ATWOOD

Where he goes to find free inspiration:
“If I was in my apartment, I would be listening to music and sketching. F.I.T. always has amazing exhibitions that are so inspiring. And most are free. The streets in New York are so inspiring, too. It’s constant inspiration.”

Who influences him:
“Masters like Alaïa, Thierry Mugler, Norell. I love artists who push boundaries and look to create beauty. I love the beauty of sophisticated construction. And my partner, Nate Berkus, inspires me.”

What he’s most looking forward to this spring/summer:
“[Spring means] summer holidays are right around the corner. I love that time of year.”