Every creation starts with an inspiration. With New York Fashion Week under way, a huge list of designers shared their muses for the upcoming season. Some have quick, two-word answers, while others have more to say. Below are the most Fab-worthy from the likes of Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Donna Karan, Phillip Lim, Vena Cava, Erin Fetherston, and more!

"Unconsciously suspended in optimism." — Alexander Wang

"The interaction between air and the human form." — Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, The Row

"Fall in love, not in line." — Victoria Beckham

"Reflect and shine. Teach and learn. Express yourself." — Whitney Port, Whitney Eve

"Evening pajamas." — Isaac Mizrahi

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"I've been playing with the idea of cultural displacement and a search for heritage." — Maria Cornejo, Zero + Maria Cornejo

"Spring is a modern dream state of euphoria." — Monique Lhuillier

"Raw romance." — Donna Karan

"The Eighties design movement Memphis, which used bold geometric shapes, bright colors, and a healthy sense of humor to refute 'good taste' design — mixed with a southern California ease and less rigid way of dressing." — Vena Cava


"The vibrant romance of Spain paired with the minimalist androgyny of Nineties grunge." — Charlotte Ronson

"The spirit of wanderlust." — Erin Fetherston

"Corsetry, boudoir, bandage and leather." — Max Azria, Hervé Léger by Max Azria

"An Orientalist-inspired portrait of captivating hand-painted silk drapes and ornate embroidered jeweled accents to create a moving canvas of allure and romance for spring." — Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Marchesa

"Galactic." — Rachel Roy

"Lawrence of Arabia, YSL in Morocco and fighter pilots in G-suits." — Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, Rag & Bone

"Seductress Bianca Jagger and the late, soulful Janis Joplin." — Rebecca Minkoff

"Inspired by twisted tennis." — Tommy Hilfiger

"African, Indian and strong Asian influences mixed with measures of elegant opulence." — Christian Siriano

"A Jenni Kayne-style road trip from the big city to the expansive Southwest. Destination: Joshua Tree." — Jenni Kayne

"Dandelions . . . at once seductive harmony and whimsical contrast . . ." — Phillip Lim, 3.1 Phillip Lim

"Maggie Betts' documentary about a woman named Mutinta living with AIDS in rural Africa. I found myself deeply inspired by this woman I've never met who embodies a certain kind of dignity, strength that will always resonate with me." — Prabal Gurung