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RACHEL ZOE
What’s most notably new this season?
Leather sequin cardigans, Mongolian lamb accents and printed suede suiting.
What does your Fashion Week diet consist of?
I drink English Breakfast tea morning, noon and night, and I never skip breakfast. I have organic granola, berries and yogurt, and snacks throughout the day.
Who is your dream customer?
I’m obsessed with Kate Middleton. I would die for her to wear my collection.
What’s your secret for dealing with stress during the busy days leading up to your show?
Starting and ending my day with my son, Skyler.
Showing Feb. 13 at Lincoln Center

Designers talk New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week kicks off Feb. 7, with dozens of fashion designers showing off their fall 2013 collections at Lincoln Center (headquarters for the twice yearly event) and various other venues around the city. We chatted with some of our favorite designers to get the inside scoop on their collections and all things Fashion Week. -- Julie Gordon/amNY

REBECCA TAYLOR What's your Fashion Week motto?
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REBECCA TAYLOR

What's your Fashion Week motto?
Keep calm and listen to Bowie.
How would you describe your collection in one word?
Architectural-femme.
What’s most notably new this season?
We are using more modern materials for embellishments, such as chain mail mesh and mylar.
Heels or flats during Fashion Week?
Heels are a must! Although I did cheat last season and wear our snakeskin wedge sneakers.
What’s the first thing you’ll do once Fashion Week is over?
Get right back to work.
Showing Feb. 9 at Highline Stages

LUBOV AZRIA, BCBG MaxAzria and Herve Leger
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LUBOV AZRIA, BCBG MaxAzria and Herve Leger by Max Azria

What’s your Fashion Week motto?
Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
What types of pieces will we see?
For BCBGMaxAzria, easy shift dresses and tunics are layered with sporty pants, sweaters and oversized jackets for a decided emphasis on sportswear. For Herve Leger by Max Azria, we are highlighting rock ’n’ roll elements moving into organic-inspired shapes and details.
What’s the first thing you’ll do once Fashion Week is over?

First celebrate at our Fashion Week after-party at The Boom Boom Room [at] The Standard. Then straight to the Korean spa.
BCBG showing Feb. 7 at Lincoln Center; Herve Leger showing Feb. 9 at Lincoln Center

KIMBERLY OVITZ What was your inspiration for
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KIMBERLY OVITZ
What was your inspiration for fall?
I studied animals and insects with natural defense mechanisms and found inspiration in the intricacies of their innate built-in protection systems.
What’s most notably new this season?

An evolution into vibrant colors and prints.
Which models do you have your eye on?
Bug-like looking ones.
Heels or flats during Fashion Week?
Flats because I’m too tired to wear heels.
Showing Feb. 7 at Cafe Rouge

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TADASHI SHOJI What’s your Fashion Week motto?
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TADASHI SHOJI

What’s your Fashion Week motto?

Work hard, keep calm and sleep whenever possible.
What’s most notably new this season?
This season, I experimented with back volume. I love the juxtaposition of a simple silhouette in the front and unexpected drama in the back.
What’s in your Fashion Week “survival kit?”
A good coat, green tea and a strong team with the same goal in mind.
What’s the most unfashionable thing you've ever witnessed during Fashion Week?
Trying too hard.
Showing Feb. 7 at Lincoln Center

MONIKA CHIANG How would you describe your
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MONIKA CHIANG
How would you describe your collection in one word?
Powerful.
What was your inspiration for fall?
Flight. I have the recurring dream in which I am running and running until I take off into flight. I think that was the initial inspiration, and then I visited this exhibition at MoMA that had all these photographs of birds in flight.
Who is your dream customer?

I just want to create clothes that people love. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a woman here in New York wearing one of my coats and I got such a charge out of it. I also probably seemed like a crazy person because I followed her trying to get a good picture with my phone.
Showing Feb. 8 at Lincoln Center

LELA ROSE What is your Fashion Week
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LELA ROSE
What is your Fashion Week motto?
Keep truckin’. It all works out in the end, and you just have to keep moving forward.
In general where do you find inspiration?
I bike all over NYC and find that I am always discovering something new. This city is filled with constant inspiration.
What does your Fashion Week diet consist of?
Biscotti. I make a weekly batch and snack on them all during the week.
What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve ever witnessed during Fashion Week?
People being rude.
Showing Feb. 10 at Lincoln Center

RACHEL ZOE What’s most notably new this
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RACHEL ZOE
What’s most notably new this season?
Leather sequin cardigans, Mongolian lamb accents and printed suede suiting.
What does your Fashion Week diet consist of?
I drink English Breakfast tea morning, noon and night, and I never skip breakfast. I have organic granola, berries and yogurt, and snacks throughout the day.
Who is your dream customer?
I’m obsessed with Kate Middleton. I would die for her to wear my collection.
What’s your secret for dealing with stress during the busy days leading up to your show?
Starting and ending my day with my son, Skyler.
Showing Feb. 13 at Lincoln Center

CATHERINE MALANDRINO How would you describe your
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CATHERINE MALANDRINO
How would you describe your collection in one word?
Desire.
What types of pieces will we see?
Trapeze funnel neck coats and draped hooded jersey dresses.
What does your Fashion Week diet consist of?
I always have orange juice, sushi and, at the end of the day, a glass of Champagne.
What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve ever witnessed during Fashion Week?
Fashion men dressed as bankers and women dressed as secretaries.
Heels or flats during Fashion Week?
Always heels, but as an option, boots or booties.
Showing Feb. 10 at Center 548

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TOM MORA, J.CREW (Women’s) How would you
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TOM MORA, J.CREW (Women’s)
How would you describe the collection in one word?
Embellishments.
What’s the biggest difference between spring 2013 and fall 2013?
The color is deeper and richer.
What was your inspiration for fall?
A trip I took to Marrakech after our last presentation. There were so many inspiring aspects: the colors, the markets, the buildings.
What types of pieces will we see?
Intricate beading and great coats.
Showing Feb. 12 at Lincoln Center

RACHEL ROY What is your Fashion Week
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RACHEL ROY
What is your Fashion Week motto?
Take a deep breath and dive in.
What’s most notably new this season?
I think the level of embellishment is new for me this season. We do it in a number of ways, whether it’s beading on a strong shoulder or beautiful lace embellishment on a trouser, it feels quite strong to me.
What’s in your Fashion Week “survival kit”?
I use a lot of Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener to compensate for the lack of sleep, Estée Lauder TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara to make me look awake and sushi from Nobu for energy.
Heels or flats during Fashion Week?
Depends on the day but always heels for my show day because it makes me feel put-together.
Showing Feb. 14

WES GORDON What types of pieces will
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WES GORDON
What types of pieces will we see?
I always love doing coats for fall, and this season I also have some incredibly beautiful dresses.
What does your Fashion Week diet consist of?
Sugar-free Red Bull in the morning, grilled chicken salad at lunch, double espresso in the afternoon and grilled salmon for dinner.
Which models do you have your eye on?
Nadja Bender and Saskia de Brauw.
What will you wear to your own show?
A white button-down shirt and a gray suit.
Showing Feb. 11 at Gramercy Theatre

JENNI KAYNE How would you describe your
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JENNI KAYNE

How would you describe your collection in a few words?
Androgynous glamour.
What was your inspiration for fall?
’70s-era Bianca Jagger, ’90s supermodels and horse-riding wardrobes.
What types of pieces will we see?
Tailored sportswear pieces: blazers, tuxedo jackets and suiting. Our signature leopard and then a bold block of absinthe yellow.
What does your Fashion Week diet consist of?
Pressed Juicery.
Showing Feb. 8 at Gary’s Loft

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