I’ve been in love with the Suzanne Rae brand since I saw her show this year at New York Fashion Week, so if you haven’t heard of her yet it’s time for you to get acquainted! The women’s ready-to-wear line is both inspired by and made for the empowered and modern woman (which I take to mean New Yorkers!). The Parson’s grad + Brooklynite utilizes experimental draping to create pieces that are feminine yet powerful. She gave me the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her Spring/Summer ’14 line, which of her pieces she’s looking forward to wearing this fall and some of the geekiest things about her!
– How and when did you decide to make the jump from economics to a fashion designer? I actually never went into economics as a career. After studying art history in college I went to work for the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York, I thought I might want to become a gallerist and pursue the art world in that manner. Later, Holly’s passing gave me a different perspective on life, and I thought about becoming a doctor. I wanted to find meaning in what I was doing and perhaps go into some kind of service. While I was studying for the MCAT’s I realized I missed the arts and wanted to create. I found fashion to be an outlet where I could better incorporate my interests of women’s studies, art, and economics and also serve society in a sense. I understood fashion more deeply than medicine, and so therefore could make a better impact on society.
– Can you give us any hints on what’s to come for your S/S ’14 collection? Macro-philosophy. Once again, the collection will be about enlightenment.
– What is your favorite piece(s) from the F/W ’13 collection and what are you looking forward to wearing it with? I love the wool flannel sweatshirt and skirt, I want to wear it with some cool, comfortable sneakers. I think it’s feminine and chill.
– And finally, as I’m a big proponent of all things geeky: What’s the geekiest thing about you? Hahahaha! I asked my baby brother about this because I wasn’t sure about what constitutes geeky, as opposed to goofy, which I am totally. After talking about how I can’t do Star Wars quotes, I can do Spaceballs quotes! I can totally quote that movie along with ace ventura, grease 2, the naked gun, and the like!