New York Fashion Week: Suzanne Rae Spring 2011

Jack Kerouac's On The Road, gritty American terrain, and Wild West aesthetics were major inspirations for Suzanne Rae's Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which debuted yesterday at the Standard Hotel. New York-based vocalist Melati Malay provided the soundtrack, a simple, minimal and bass-heavy affair against the backdrop of the West Side Highway. When we spoke with designer Suzanne Rae Pelaez, she told us she wanted easy vibes from the live performance, something to compliment the relaxed chill of her clothes. Some of the best looks from the Philippines-born, New York-bred designer included silkscreened landscape prints on hemp and chiffon, the result of a collaboration with Lea Ortiz and Foster Cranz. "Most of my collaborations are with women," Pelaez says, "and all of my productions are based in the U.S. I find it important to help since it's tough right now." More photos after the jump.



The designer, Suzanne Rae Pelaez.

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New York Fashion Week: Suzanne Rae Spring 2011