Wide Open Spaces
By Laura Peach, September 16th, 2010
The grey and gloomy weather on Thursday didn’t cast a single shadow on the country sun collection that Suzanne Rae presented for Spring. Inspired by road trips, Western films and a pure Americana, clothes for a playful prairie girl came through: lace layered, fuchsia frilled and petticoats peeking. Through a windowed wall at The Standard, a panorama of industrial river traffic and decaying dock posts poking out of the Hudson set the backdrop for models with windswept updos and quarter-wide braids, who stood on wooden risers surrounded by buckets of tall grass.
Suzanne Rae’s story was that women were breaking a bit loose. One look seemed as if a girl had stolen her father’s smoking jacket and playfully splashed it with a paint-like print, and one magenta dress was as seductive as a prairie girl can be, the hemline of her slip snipped short, letting long legs be seen through a sheer top layer. And another sassy favorite was a bodice in caution tape yellow poking out under a black jacket. A silk print created with Foster Cranz and Lea Ortiz that was used often in the collection combined pastel colored cacti and 1950s road cars to an unexpectedly charming runaway effect.