The Suzanne Rae show at Lincoln Center on Sunday afternoon opened with an absolutely delectable short film by Alexandra Roxo in which sloe-eyed models played cards by candlelight, sipped whiskey, and slouched fabulously in the designer’s Autumn 2011 collection (think silks and lace), falling asleep ever-so-prettily. (After a night of cards and booze I’m usually a bit more unkempt, but we all DO love a fabulous fantasy, don’t we?).
[UPDATE: See video at the bottom of the post!]
Waking to a winter-swept Atlantic shore bright with sun, they then had ample reason to don the wool gabardines and boucles, hemp and deadstock fabrics that Rae contrasts with the softer ‘interior’ fabrics from the previous scene to wander the snow-dappled beach. Then the models came out, and those of us in attendance took a closer look.
Overall, it was a strong collection, with consistent direction and smart use of fabrics and draping/layering, which is my favorite part of winter dressing. Suzanne Rae Palaez lives and works from Brooklyn, and the ‘urban town’ aspect of the borough has seeped into her designs, any of which would be at home on the streets of NYC.
This black and cream outer layer was the strongest piece of Rae’s collection, allowed to stand on its own with just a simple updo and leggings on the model; this cape was also featured in the movie and by the end I had some serious poncho lust!
If this doesn’t capture innocence and lust in one perfectly contrasted look, I’m not sure what does. The silkiness of the top was even more buttery in person. Accessorizing with the cross-strap bag elevated this ensemble from interesting to just fantastic.
Check out more shots from the show on Treehugger…
All photos by Starre Vartan.