NYFW designers share the inspiration behind their Fall 2018 collections

Are you ready for New York Fashion Week?

The industry's biggest fashion houses, from BCBG to Shoshanna, have spent months perfecting their Fall 2018 collections. And from February 8 to 14, designers will get a chance to showcase their stunning designs in front of editors, celebrities and fashion aficionados in New York City.

NYFW Fall 2018 Inspirations
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NYFW Fall 2018 Inspirations
Badgley Mischka


Trina Turk

"Architecture in Mexico."

Pamella Roland


Noon by Noor


Rebecca Taylor

The Fall 2018 collection encapsulates a feeling of toned-down refinement. Tailored plaid boy blazers are worn overtop snake printed dresses while gold lamé trousers are paired back to square-neck velvet bodices. Animal prints are reinterpreted in elongated silhouettes in rich textiles providing a grounding with a touch of eighties influence.

Inspired by individuality and a Joie de vivre attitude, the Fall 2018 collection complements the fragile femme side of women while celebrating the strength in their femininity.


For Fall 2018, Shoshanna was inspired by the city girl who adventures upstate on the weekends. The collection features deep colors and boho prints reflecting the ease of the Hudson Valley, while structured silhouettes mirror the cityscape.


"Cienne's continuous exploration of material and shape are seen in the FW18 Collection's rounded lines and angular accents; featuring delicate silks, textured tweeds, and soft leathers." -- Nicole Heim & Chelsea Healy (Co-Founders of Cienne)

Ji Oh

"This collection is inspired by my recent trip to Russia, where I was drawn to the culture of the youth and its sporty attitude, as well as vintage uniforms I saw in street markets.  With the formality of my collection, I fused two different eras, attitudes and ways of dressing." - Ji Oh


"This collection is an amalgamation of various textures, colors, and silhouettes depicting a moment in time. A glimpse into the first light of day, when the moon is still in the sky and the sun peaked through." - Neha Kapur Nayyar (Hensely Founder & Designer)

Alice McCall

"I love the softness & lightness of the diamond tulle mesh, creating modern fairy-tale inspired gowns in dusty pale hues."


"The BCBGMAXAZRIA Fall 2018 collection explores the contrasts of modern and romantic, playful and strict, masculine and feminine."

Dennis Basso

"Modern Muse"


"Seasons of Uncertainty"

Greta Constantine

"A printed floral jacquard with heritage influences feels at once familiar yet, in its neon-tones, distinctly foreign.  Flounces, gathers, and abbreviated hemlines give a youthful vibe to otherwise established codes."

Concept Korea

This season’s showcase highlights the height of women’s Seoul-based fashion and includes two designers: LIE by Chung Chung Lee (son of renowned Seoul fashion designer/house LIE SANGBONG) and GREEDILOUS by Younhee Park.

Gemma Hoi

"This collection seeks to bring the audience back into the 1940s, to relive the days when denim and the women of today were still young, and when the story was yet to be told." –Gemma Hoi 

Lavanya Coodly

"Fluidity and ease reflecting the many worlds we straddle and embrace."


"I drew my inspiration for this season from Korean costume and western classics." -- June Sohn, designer of JUNGWON

Seven Crash 

Humanity is always attracted to the mysterious and vast universe,  people never stop exploring the secret behind the mask. For Autumn/Fall 2018,  our designer used the imagination of a planet named “GLIESE 581D”, which is 20.4 light years away from earth as the design inspiration.  This season, we are going to discover the relationship between human fantasy and technology, which brings a strong sensory element to the collection. With all the different languages in the world,  we combined ancient Chinese symbols and ancient religious graphics, in conjunction with mixed fabrics and materials.  The innovative design between leather and wovens is going to bring a new level of experimentation and excitement.  This collection will let you feel the beauty between outer space and the real world." -- Alyson Roy, Co-Founder 


"We're inspired by summer kayaking trips, outdoor escapes, and the multi-functionality of personal watercrafts."  -- Becca McCharen-Tran, Chromat

Laurence & Chico

The Laurence & Chico Fall/Winter 2018 collection, “Doudou”, further expands upon the brand’s philosophy of dressing women who aren’t afraid to make an entrance. Inspired by luxe, plush stuffed animals from their childhood, the collection is a mixture of bold, ultra-feminine, and flattering silhouettes. This season, Laurence & Chico invite you to immerse yourself in their Pet Kingdom, where traditional animals are reimagined as larger-than-life characters including Alpaca the Llama, Lipo the Hippo, and Tsunami the goldfish.  Using Laurence’s hand-drawn illustrations, Chico designed and tailored the collection with dramatic glamour, nostalgia and femininity in mind. Their play on proportions, and attention to intricate detail, continue to embody the definition of statement dressing.  

John Elliott 

"The Fall Winter 2018 collection entitled Delirium is inspired by the beauty and confidence of distortion. This collection will also mark our debut into Womenswear."


“I love movies, but in particular the costumes are what really inspire me. The time around the 1940s and 1950s resonated for me personally. I draw a lot of inspiration from those eras. If the opportunity arose, I would love to create costumes for a period film.” - CHOCHENG

Eugenia Kim


Claudia Li

“Take heart, O Lala, take heart"

Tadashi Shoji

"Never boring. Always daring."

Julianna Bass

"Reflecting the idea of fighting absurdity with absurdity and stepping out of bounds."


Lucky for us, some designers have given us a sneak peek of what to expect!

We can't wait for Shoshanna's collection, inspired by "the city girl who adventures upstate on the weekends." We're expecting the designs, a mix of boho prints and structured silhouettes, to give us serious inspiration for our fall wardrobes.

Of course, Alice McCall never fails with her dreamy designs. According to the Australian-born designer, "modern fairy-tale inspired gowns in dusty pale hues" will fill the runway. 

By the looks of these sketches, we can already tell this year's NYFW will feature more breathtaking moments than we can count. Stay tuned with us to see even more coverage as the week unfolds here


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