To Fit your Fancy: Suzanne Rae SS18 text by Valerie McPhail


Suzanne Rae’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection came from a place of personal reflection. The New York based designer, on her seventh season now, explored the meaning of desire, and it’s manifestation within herself — as a mother sharing life, and an individual intrigued by beautiful things.

The new collection hung in her Chinatown studio showroom twinkling, as hanging objects of desire. Sheer organza tops with viscose jersey slacks and pleated taffeta a-line dresses projected on a color story of the celestial Powder Blue and the passionate Grenadine Red. The impulse to gaze upon these pieces offered an opportune time to engage with Rae’s pursuit.

The design elements of exposing the internal seams and foundations empirically translates into the internal “feelings,” arising to public surface. Shoes and vintage fanny packs, also items of Rae’s craft were playful, youthful and overall practical – an important quality that carries throughout her designs. A waxy pair of red patent leather heeled loafers, the designer compares to lipstick, and daddy’s little girl fanny pack made of moire and velvet styles accessorized a collection vulnerable with hopes of a more functional fashion industry.

Valerie McPhail

Valerie McPhail is a New York-based writer on things of style and artistic expression. She has a portfolio of writing for both fashion and art publications. Although she enjoys covering fashion news and supporting new designers, her favorite subject to explore is the experience of fashion and how life is communicated through clothing. She believes there is a lot to be said about this.