There’s a frisson of excitement in the air the days before fashion week as we impatiently wait to see what designers have in store for us. Often kept on the down low, next season’s highly anticipated collections are highly confidential, not unlike, say a classified CIA anything (ok, that might be a bit of a stretch, but you get the point). So, we tasked ourselves with a mission: To expose what designers have under wraps.

We got six designers to give us an exclusive preview at their fall/winter 2014 line-up without actually giving everything away—since what’s the fun in that? From decadent jewelry at Jenny Packham to cabaret performers at J. Crew to petroleum-inspired colors at Rebecca Taylor, thumb through the photos that inspired each of them for a sampling of what’s to come.

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