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New York Fashion Week kicks off Thursday, which means hundreds of women will trot about the city in weather-inappropriate shoes, and fashion soothsayers will scrutinize every stitch on the catwalks to make their trend predictions. We queried designers about the inspirations behind their Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collections and heard everything from the esoteric (Elie Tahari: “Ray of light”) to the slightly more grounded (Pamella DeVos of Pamella Roland: “The exuberance of New York City’s architecture as captured by T.J. Wilcox’s “In The Air” exhibition at the Whitney Museum”). Here’s a sample of what’s coming.