While it's always fun to see what fresh and fabulous creations stalk the catwalks each season, I've always found the designers' inspirations just as interesting as the clothes themselves - perhaps more so. For this supersize-me slideshow, I curated the most interesting collection-inspirations from NYC, London, Milan and Paris & chose the 80 collections with the most compelling backstories.
For fall 2014, many designers seemed to long for a return "better" days - kind of memory "comfort food" if you will - which manifested as a particularly a strong vein of being inspired by "primitive" crafts-as-arts, outsider art including fiber art, retro ethnic weaving, whirling dervishes & tribal tales born along the Silk Road. A more modern manifestation of this hankering for paradise lost showed up in the form retro amazon-woman grooviness, vintage advertising, comic book-ready sensibilities.
An interesting commentary and backlash against the juggernaut of commerce appeared at Moschino wearing Jeremy Scott's garish McDonald's-themed looks. Kaiser Karl created a giant Chanel-branded supermarket for the maison's pre$entation venue and instead of having the models "walk", he had them faux-shop and peruse the merch - everything from soap to food to bathmats & all emblazoned with the iconic interlocking Cs.
- Lesley Scott