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RACHEL ZOE What types of pieces will


RACHEL ZOE

What types of pieces will go down the runway?
This season is really about bright fun colors and easy layering pieces -- things that will last a lifetime.
Showing Sept. 12 at Lincoln Center
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New York Fashion Week -- the twice-yearly spectacle -- starts Thursday, with designers showing their spring 2013 wares at the Lincoln Center headquarters as well as a bevy of other venues around Manhattan. To kick things off, we chatted with some of our favorite designers about all things Fashion Week, and even got a peek at pages from some of their sketchbooks. -- Julie Gordon/amNEWYORK

REBECCA TAYLOR Ever commit a Fashion Week
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REBECCA TAYLOR

Ever commit a Fashion Week faux pas?

Does doing a shot of tequila before the show count as a fashion faux pas?
Showing Sept. 8 at Highline Stages
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RACHEL ZOE What types of pieces will
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RACHEL ZOE

What types of pieces will go down the runway?
This season is really about bright fun colors and easy layering pieces -- things that will last a lifetime.
Showing Sept. 12 at Lincoln Center
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TADASHI SHOJI High heels: Fashion Week must
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TADASHI SHOJI

High heels: Fashion Week must or asking for disaster?

Not a must. Flats are chic now, too, thankfully.
Showing Sept. 6 at Lincoln Center.
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RACHEL ROY What's the first thing you'll
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RACHEL ROY

What's the first thing you'll do once Fashion Week is over?

Take a hot bubble bath.
Showing Sept. 11 at her Garment District showroom.
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MICHAEL BASTIAN Which models are you itching
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MICHAEL BASTIAN

Which models are you itching to see hit the catwalk?

I really hope someone uses this great new girl I met in Sweden. She looks like a prettier Leonardo DiCaprio. Her name is Erika Linder.
Showing his eponymous line Sept. 9 at Made at Milk Studios and his GANT by Michael Bastian line Sept. 12 at Industria Superstudio
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ERIN FETHERSTON What’s your Fashion Week motto?
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ERIN FETHERSTON

What’s your Fashion Week motto?

Just have fun. Don’t take any of it too seriously.
Showing her ERIN by Erin Fetherston line Sept. 5 at Milk Made at The Standard
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CHRIS BENZ What’s the most unfashionable thing
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CHRIS BENZ

What’s the most unfashionable thing you’ve ever witnessed at Fashion Week?
An attitude.
Showing Sept. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall
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BCBG Max Azria
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BCBG Max Azria

"[This season's inspiration is]: fearless." -- Lubov Azria, chief creative officer of BCBG Max Azria, showing Sept. 6 at Lincoln Center.

J. MENDEL
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J. MENDEL

"I came across some photographs of these incredible Japanese wisteria gardens -- dense tunnels of beautiful purple blossoms -- which became my inspiration starting point for spring 2013. Last season, the mood was more graphic and sultry, whereas for spring the clothes explode with vivid colors and luscious floral prints." -- Gilles Mendel, designer of J. Mendel, showing Sept. 12 at Lincoln Center

J. CREW
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J. CREW

"Flowers and nature as seen through the lens of the Time Life books from the '60s and '70s on nature and wildlife were my key inspiration. The pictures inspired me to find and create bold prints and patterns in interesting color combinations. The clothes are classic sportswear with new proportion, fabric and color play." -- Tom Mora, head of women's design for J. Crew, showing Sept. 11 at Lincoln Center

TRACY REESE
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TRACY REESE

"Inspired by the rich range of hues found in David Hockney landscapes, I played with the juxtaposition of organic and technical, soft and structured, and sporty and feminine for an unexpected and refreshing collection." -- Tracy Reese, showing Sept. 9 at Lincoln Center

MONIKA CHIANG
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MONIKA CHIANG

"[I] explored the modern vibrancy of South Africa. Travels throughout the region inspired a vision of luxe athleticism that reflects the glamour of Cape Town, as well as the natural beauty and the powerful athleticism of the region." -- Monika Chiang, showing Sept. 6 at Lincoln Center

DENNIS BASSO
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DENNIS BASSO

"I expanded on the idea of stylish women and focused on the fabled resort of Deauville, France, in the 1960s, where women always dressed for dinner and each evening was truly a gala." -- Dennis Basso, showing Sept. 11 at Dennis Basso boutique

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