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New York native and Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet dishes on her fall inspirations.

What’s your favorite upcoming trend for fall?
Metallic bottoms! Cargos and leather too!

Name one article of clothing every woman should own.
High heels. Really high heels.

If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be doing?
Color therapy. Or interior design. I love designing–it can be a room, a shoe–anything! I just love making pretty things.

What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Girl Talk and Big In Japan!

Are there any trends you hope never go away?
Sexy pants!

It began with a pair of jeans for this New York-based duo, but as Marcus Wainwright & David Neville share, rag & bone has become their way of life.

What are your favorite trends for fall?
David: Monochrome will be big this fall, and we’ve got a great arrow print, which was inspired by the photography of Malik Sidibe. Opulence is another big theme, and rag & bone’s fall/winter collection was actually inspired by faded colonial grandeur, which is reflected with plenty of rich bronze and floral tapestry.

Name one article of clothing every woman should own.
Marcus: A tailored blazer.

Are there any trends you hope never go away?
David: Urban utility.

If you weren’t fashion designers, what would you be doing?
Marcus: David likes to think he’d be a professional golfer, but he’d probably still be working in banking. I’d be miserable doing something else. I don’t think either of us were really cut out for corporate jobs!

What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Marcus: I’m listening to mainly show-related stuff: Air by Doom, Give Up the Ghost by Radiohead, Bloom by Radiohead, Codex by Radiohead, Cloudlight by Eskmo, Every Day by AFX

Bangkok-born designer Phillip Lim opens up about his latest inspirations.

What’s your favorite upcoming trend for fall?
Duality—the idea of having something that can be like armor, something that can transform with what the day brings.

Name one article of clothing every woman should own.
A good coat.

Are there any trends you hope never go away?
Dressing up!

What’s the last article of clothing you purchased?
A lightweight silk tuxedo—not sure when I’ll wear it, but I know I will at some point.

If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be doing?
I haven’t really thought about it. I love making clothes, so why would I want to change?

What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Kavinsky and The Bones of J.R. Jones.