Here at R29, we're major believers in the power of inspiration. Our editors have been known to travel everywhere from Long Island's North Fork to California wine country in search of the next great idea. Designers often find themselves in the same creative boat, which is why the Council of Fashion Designers of America Incubator Program recently sent its hard-working members to Istanbul.
Former Project Runway contestant Daniel Vosovic joined in on the W Hotels-sponsored trip in search of new sensations, gorgeous eye candy, and some good food — all in the name of his spring '14 collection. Along the way, he came across spiritual mosques, amazing views, and a host of other Turkish delights — and he's sharing them all with us. Read on to see his inspiration-trip highlights, and get into the traveling spirit.