How to Be An Expert on the F/W 15 Collections BEFORE They Happen

After every fashion week comes to a close, critics and showgoers pick apart each collection in an attempt to understand the thinking behind the designs. Usually they settle for the most likely inspirations, though they're rarely confirmed by the designers themselves. So imagine our delight to discover that WWD had spoken to many of the designers set to show their latest collections in New York, and found out exactly what was on their minds as they created. Musing on everything from classic Brontë novels to chocolates to 1970s Manhattan, designers have dipped into quite a diverse pool for Fall/Winter 2015.

Read on to whet your palate for the shows and arm yourself with background info to impress even your most fashion-savvy friends—and be sure to visit WWD to check out the full story!

Marchesa

“Opium dream.”

Monique Lhuillier

“Strength and femininity.”

Wes Gordon

“A modern synthesis of mystery, depth and romance.”

Zimmermann

“Esplanade.”

“The collection is inspired by the abundance of the wilderness of upstate New York: deer, mushrooms, toadstools and a little bit of magic.”

Frame Denim

“1970s Manhattan.”

A Détacher

“I have been reading Elena Ferrante.”

Costello Tagliapietra

“Colours deep within forested trails — feeling grounded to the earth, but with an air of something magical.”

Jason Wu

"Desire."

Kate Spade New York

“Indulging in your cravings.”

Creatures of the Wind

“Definitive moments of American culture as viewed through a psychedelic lens.”

"Second skin."

“Bertha Mason, the insane character in Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre.'"

Tanya Taylor

“Prismatic matter.” 

Misha Nonoo

“We were together. I forget the rest.”

Whose inspiration do you find most intriguing? Let us know in the comments!