The sustainable, social active Brooklyn-based designer is doing things differently, beautifully.
I can’t stop thinking about a certain pair of yellow satin shoes. They’re square-toed, block-heeled and finished with a mary-jane strap, the last detail being a special weakness of mine. I’m positive they’ll make me and every outfit I wear more interesting. They’re from the SS17 collection of Suzanne Rae.
The Brooklyn-based brand is feminist at its core, creating clothes for the moving, working, empowered woman that wants beautiful things conscientiously made. From simple knit separates to sculptural dresses made of Dobby cloth and silk organza, the clothes cater to both subtle and eccentric dressers. And I can’t forget to mention again, of course, the shoes. Stocked at all the cool stores (Totokaelo, The Dreslyn, Maryam Nassir Zadeh), friends with all of the cool people (Kayten Schmidt, Hailey Benton Gates) she and her team are gunning for that coveted cult status of brands loved by smart and stylish women.
I went by Suzanne’s presentation last fashion week to see artist Mae Elvis (she’s the Cindy Sherman of Instagram) try on different outfits while filming herself with a selfie stick. Smart, funny and space efficient, the presentation was the perfect example of what the brand does best. From art videos to social activism to sustainable design, its really more of an art collective than anything. The clothes and site speak for themselves but I’ll leave you with this poem from the SS16 collection:
I’m not your seductress.
Fitted silhouettes if I choose.
Bias cuts that conform to my unique body.
Bright colors that may shock you,
and if I’m lucky,
deflect your presumptuous gaze.
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