WWD and Gilt Groupe Proenza Schouler inspirational sketch

Proenza Schouler's sketch for WWD, evoking schoolgirl chic for the special Gilt Groupe sale. Photo courtesy of WWD

As part of its centennial celebration, fashion news source WWD is partnering with leading online luxury-fashion retailer Gilt Groupe to create a handful of exclusive looks by 11 influential, up-and-coming designers.

The chosen designers range from Michelle Obama favorite Jason Wu to Dana Lorenz, the eye behind Fenton/Fallon's vintage-inspired jewelry.

Each designer chose an iconic American style from the past 100 years, then reinterpreted the look through his or her own lens.

The references leapfrog from the 1920s (a drop-waist dress) to the 1970s (Studio 54-worthy platforms).

Tempted shoppers will have only a short window of opportunity, though. Gilt Groupe hosts the sale from Sept. 15 - 17. So get clicking!

WWD sought out an eclectic group of designers. Some, like Marchesa, are red-carpet regulars; others, like Kimberly Ovitz, are new to the business.

Though the ideas behind their limited-edition looks reach across a century, the results share a soft flirtatiousness. Several dresses are done in silk or chiffon, showing off shoulders or a décolletage.

Hollywood had a strong pull, as with Doo.ri's ivory halter dress. "This is our modern interpretation of the iconic white Marilyn Monroe dress," the designer explained. "Multilayers of draped chiffon are used to create a light and flirty effect."

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the designers of Marchesa, channeled Ginger Rogers in the classic musical "Top Hat." Marchesa's take became a white, one-shouldered minidress trimmed with frothy ostrich feathers.

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Displays at the WWD/Gilt Groupe exhibit at New York Fashion Week nod to the last century of American fashion. Photo: Billy Farrell

Meanwhile, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler turned to a younger demographic to concoct a tweed jumper-style dress. "This look pays tribute to the iconic schoolgirl look often referenced in contemporary fashion," they noted. "It's an extension of our last fall/winter show, in which standard school uniforms were explored and subsequently subverted."

The funkiest style? That would be Thakoon's, inspired by "Bruce Springsteen in denim." The designer put together a curvy denim jacket, pale jeans, and a slouchy, heather gray tank with braided trim.

Wu's contribution is the most rarefied, with three made-to-order, black-and-white ensembles. A wool plaid shorts suit with a bow-necked blouse evokes the 1940s, while Grace Kelly's 1950s fashions inspired an elegantly draped, floral-print, strapless gown. A short black shift dress with a white organza collar nods to the 1960s.

Most dresses cost over $1,000, with Wu's one-of-a-kind outfits spiking higher. Thakoon's jersey tank seems like a bargain by comparison, at under $300.

The items are on public display in a special exhibit, "Designers for WWD@100," at the David Rubenstein Atrium near Lincoln Center (and, of course, the New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week frenzy).

So what would you wear to a hundredth-birthday party? Read more about WWD's centennial.