10 Designers Share Their Fall 2012 Inspirations

With just over a week until the Fall 2012 collections are unveiled, here are the inspirations behind some of the week's top collections.

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Suzanne Rae's Fall 2012 collection (a sketch pictured) is inspired by a mix of poets and rock and rollers according to the designer including Jim Morrison, Aldous Huxley, and William Blake. Rae collaborated with artist SamDakota on prints this season.
Designer Christine Alcalay (whose Fall 2012 mood board is pictured) says: "I read This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, and Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald and found myself fascinated by the ideals of American beauty. I wondered who she became and how I could reinterpret her strength, playfulness in present day. I played with the masculine and feminine, opaque versus sheer, loose versus tailored and how clothing is all the women who wears it and not the other way around."
Cushnie et Ochs designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs got inspired by the movie The Skin I Live In while designing their Fall 2012 collection, and are exploring the allure of revealing and concealing the body.
Libertine designer Johnson Hartig hinted at his inspirations for Fall 2012 saying: “My head is halfway in an ashram in Pondicherry and halfway in a pub in Edinburgh and I'm trying to get the other half to focus on fashion ... When it does, it feels really sublime."
Tracy Reese's Fall 2012 collection is inspired by a color palette of tomato, juniper free and lemon. Expect peplum skirts to make an appearance.
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Jenni Kanye says her Fall 2012 collection is inspired by an English gentleman's wardrobe. The collection will include traditional menswear fabrics including herringbone, tailoring, wools and tweed knits.
Pamela Love's Fall 2012 collection is inspired by the 1920s jazz age and industrial materials like steel, chrome, aluminum and sterling. Love says the collection is a more minimalist and streamlined effort than previous collections.
Rising star Wes Gordon says he was simultaneously inspired by Charles Dickens and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo writer Stieg Larsson. The color palette will include dark purple aubergine, oxblood, mustard and gray.
Barbara Tfank, a designer favored by Michelle Obama, says her Fall 2012 collection fuses a range of influences including the night sky and cinematography. Looks will include "ladylike, polished day dresses and elegant gowns in couture fabrics like silk faille, double face satin and brocade," she says.
Designer sisters Kristen and Alexandra O'Neill of Porter Grey say the inspiration for Fall 2012 came from Kansas and The Wizard of Oz. Expect muted tones and prairie influences.
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