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Suzanne Rae/Winter Fall 2013

Posted on February 6, 2013 | by Marina Zheng



Upon stepping into the room where Suzanne Rae Pelaez showcased her Fall/Winter 2013 collection, viewers suddenly felt calm as they took in the neutral palette and organic shapes of the unadorned pieces.

Models, who stood against white tapestry-draped platforms that perfectly complimented the clean vibe of the collection, were images of angels with their glowing star dusted face cheeks and flowing wavy hair.

Most of the pieces had silhouettes that were lengthy and straight, gracefully elongating the models. Floor-grazing column dresses in fluid georgette, elegant high-waisted wide leg trousers, and voluminously luxurious long coats were just a few of the highlights. Color contrasting panels in black and white and unpresumptuous drop-waist details further enhanced this streamline shape.

Inspired by the looks of monks, priests, and nuns, Pelaez aimed to achieve the same modest look with the incorporation of high collars, boxy fits, and soft colors.

Nevertheless, Pelaez kept the collection exciting by adding in a few unexpected twists that challenged the angelic aesthetic, namely pops of rust, red, and green as well as structural padded shoulders.

Other key looks included a tastefully sophisticated gray flannel bomber jacket and a tweed sweatshirt and shorts set that practically radiated coolness in an effortlessly chic way.

Suzanne Rae Pelaez struck the perfect balance of humility and innovation in her collection. The pieces themselves were minimal in nature, giving the collection a sense of purity. Meanwhile, bold details spoke to the idea of innovation. Together, the two aesthetics created a collection that was new and inspiring.

These clothes are meant for the modern woman– a character who is confident and strong but also peaceful and loving.

 Marina Zheng is a staff writer. Email her at


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