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                                                                              Fall 2012

                                                                              Suzanne Rae Fall 2012

                                                                              WORDS - LAUREN RUSSO, PHOTOS - OMAR MOZUMDER

                                                                              Suzanne Rae presented her Jim-Morrison, Aldous Huxley, and William Blake-inspired collection for Fall 2012 inside The Box at Lincoln Center. Her inspiration may have been somewhat scattered, but Rae, one of the designers selected to participate in the W Hotels Fashion Next program, presented a collection that was anything but. Featuring exceedingly wearable dresses and separates in velvet, wool, satin, and the season’s major trend of leather in tones of black, brown, crimson, pumpkin, the line played with menswear, capes, picture frame hemlines, and open backs. A crimson velvet sheath dress with sexy cutouts at the neck and back was one of the more covetable looks of the collection, as was a demure white dress with cape detailing extending from its long sleeves. Rae inserted touches of whimsy into the collection through the use of a silk print resembling fur and her “suzanimals,” adorably cartoonish silk wraps designed to resemble an ermine stole. Other quirky notes included the use of black fringe over open backs, an organza skirt that strongly resembled a jellyfish, and a full-skirted fur print dress that featured pants underneath. Overall, the collection appealed to the city-dwelling girl on the go who values wearability while maintaining whimsical sense of humor.