Initially provoked by the film Les Enfants du Paradis, the Suzanne Rae fw14 Collection pays homage to Baptiste, the clown who personifies the alter ego. Through the fanciful aesthetics of the french clown, the Collection aims to romanticize the mundane that is our everyday performance, thereby encouraging the alter ego within ourselves.
The use of the ruffle interprets the clown literally as it adds a bit of panache to the Suzanne Rae basics. The oversized silhouettes play with the concept of fitting-in, while the mix of masculine and feminine continues to become signature to the Suzanne Rae aesthetic. Consciously, the use of black and white represent the ego and alter-ego.
The fabrics incorporate textured and printed harlequin-inspired diamonds, adding a playful sophistication while still staying true to the brand's minimalist approach. The use of Thinsulate adds practicality as casual wools and organic cottons are mixed with more elegant silks, velvets, lamés; thus creating the effortless lifestyle of the gentlewoman.
Photos by Christopher Gabello