(InStyle.com) -- For most Americans, the onset of September means it's time to pack up the summer dresses and flip-flops and bring the cozy sweaters and wool jackets up from the basement. In New York City, however, September is all about (next) spring!
Friday, September 5th marks the official start of New York Fashion Week, where designers will present their Spring 2009 collections in Bryant Park. (While the park has been home to fashion week since 1993, its hosting duties will end in 2010--the industry event, which now draws well more than 10,000 visitors, has simply outgrown the space.)
So what really goes on in those monstrous tents in Bryant Park? Much of it is a study in contrasts: Champagne lounges meet porta-potties. Fashionistas meet fashionista wannabes. Celebs meet real people. Shows start every hour on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. A typical show last about 20 minutes but inevitably starts about 30 minutes late.
Good thing InStyle.com is always ahead of schedule--we went straight to the designers to get a jump on the trends before seeing the shows. Travel chic, garden-inspired touches and sophisticated femininity are a few of the major themes we'll be seeing for Spring 2009. Read on for more designer details:
Inspiration: "The global traveler, flowers in my home garden, ethnic prints with a feminine twist."
Celebs who would love it: "Audrey Tatou or Natalie Portman"
Inspiration: "The brilliant progression of nature and form, resulting in delicate yet sophisticated pieces that emanate modern romance and strong femininity. We are telling the story of a garden fantasy and the evolution of spring."
Celebs who would love it: "Thandie Newton and Diane Lane"
Inspiration: "We were inspired by the glamour and sophistication of transatlantic crossings during the golden age of ocean travel."
Celebs who would love it: "A sophisticated beauty like Anne Hathaway and the woman with a stylish edge like Christina Ricci."
Inspiration: "All things Spanish, especially the dance between the flamenco and the bullfight. Using this tension to experiment with cutting and forcing strong curves into a somber silhouette--it is like trying to fit a screw into a square peg--while making it seem natural and effortless."
Celeb who would love it: "Eva Peron in her time. Although there was a precision to her style, she never denied allowing the kitsch factor of decoration."
Inspiration: "I took ideas from everywhere! There are looks that were inspired by clouds, storms and the sky translating to beautiful gray and blue tones for the color palate. Then a shock of lighting adds an electric citron color to pop each look. I then added my signature femininity and a cruise aspect."
Celebs who would love it: "Soft and chic for Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman and a sexy edge for Victoria Beckham."
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