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Suzanne Rae at New York Fashion Week F/W 2013: Minimalist, Humble, Cool

The Suzanne Rae NYFW show at the Philippine Center last night was all about quiet minimalism. According to the handout for the show, “Suzanne turned towards the kind of service industry that involves giving aid to those in need; to serve the greater good that is humanity. What she discovered is the beautiful, intricately designed and yet modest clothing of the missionary monks, priests, and nuns. Inspired by the silhouettes and linear geometry of their robes, Suzanne has designed a collection free from extravagance, minimalist in aesthetic, and humble by nature.”

The designer, Suzanne Rae Palaez, uses a mix of sustainable and conventional materials, and 100% of her production takes place in NYC’s garment district. As Palaez says, “Without the garment district, local emerging designers, and even established designers who started out in New York, would not have been able to realize their designs and contribute to the American fashion industry.”

For Fall/Winter 2013, Palaez collaborated with NYC-based knitwear designer Lindsay Degen, which is a zero-waste knitwear collection (see the sweater, skirt, hat and scarf featured in the slideshow below.)

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All images by Starre Vartan.

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Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.