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New York Fashion Week: The Designers, Their Inspiration

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New York Fashion Week officially kicks off tomorrow although presentations - including Timo Weiland, Halston Heritage, and Red Valentino - were held across the city today. After a spring 2014 season of brights, whites, and clever mixes of formal and casual, designers are looking for inspiration globally as well as internal suggestions and art culture. Think Americana. We are going to see more texture and light for spring 2015 and ethnic influences in the collections will be a major theme. We know there will be plenty of trainers a-foot outside the shows and front row but will the sneaker trend rip the runways in New York as well?

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Designer Prabal Gurung will be presenting a "global" vision with his collection. Gurung cites "global trekker" as his source of inspiration. Last season we saw him journey to the far east for fall 2014, so we can expect to see more ethnic wear at his show this Saturday.

Jay Godfrey is exploring "the new frontier. Spring explores the alluring take on western Americana." So we can expect suede fringes and multi-colored fabric to act as the base to his collection.

Carmen Marc Valvo celebrates the 25th anniversary of his eponymous collection. He also cites America as his inspiration for the monumental collection - a clear trend that designers are looking here in the U.S. for their take on spring 2015's girl.

Likewise, Derek Lam is inspired by "Miss America" so we can expect the traditional beauty of Americana.

Tommy Hilfiger tapped into music as his muse, another label which is, at its very core, American.

Check out the slideshow for 20 designer inspirations whose shows are most anticipated...