Fashion Designer Suzanne Rae Is Someone To Watch!
Suzanne Rae’s new line might be understated, but she didn’t hesitate to give us the deets on her wear-anywhere pieces.
Suzanne Rae’s clean-cut, minimalist Spring/Summer 2013 creations were like a soothing spring breeze. The Brooklyn-based designer went back to basics with a fresh palette of soft blues and grays, peach, khaki, and white. Drawing inspiration from the ill-fated photographer Francesca Woodman, her models glided down the Philippine Center’s runway in flowing frocks of silk, cotton, and linen. And we couldn’t help but covet the collar necklaces fit for an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.
We chatted with the Parsons School of Design grad about her namesake label, her design philosophy, and how her collections are filling a gaping fashion void.
Betty Confidential: When did you start designing?
Suzanne Rae: Officially, I went to Parsons for fashion design in 2004. I started Suzanne Rae in 2008 as an artistic endeavor, but started really putting it out there in 2010 with my S/S 2011 line.
BC: Your line is both “feminist and feminine in philosophy”. How does your new collection live up to these ideals?
SR: I try to find a balance between femininity in the design, often by way of fabric and silhouette, and strong, confident notes, often by way of details and the overall aesthetic.
Who inspired Suzanne and more up next!