While it's always fun to see what's fresh and fashionable on the catwalks each season, as a Fashion Futurist, I've always found the designers' inspirations just as interesting as the clothes themselves - perhaps more so. 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 advertising, comic book-ready sensibilities and a backlash against the juggernaut of commerce, particularly in the garish McDonald's-themed looks by Jeremy Scott for Moschino and the giant Chanel-branded supermarket fully stocked with everything from soap to food to bathmats bearing the interlocking Cs that served as the maison's pre$entation venue.