Much like Suzanne Rae’s inspiration for Spring/Summer 2014, the cult classic 2150 A.D. by Thea Alexander, her collection is an exploration into futuristic dress in a utopian society, stylishly guided into the Age of Aquarius. Rae’s high-performance-driven fabrics and minimalist details summon her wearers to be environmental warriors, street-side shamans, highly-functioning future-crats ready to take on just about anything the faltering planet can toss their way.
With this collection, the designer never goes too far into the future however that one would forget their immediate earthly duties or bustling modern life.
To give a generous nod to this present day sustainability, Rae manufactures her line in New York City’s garment district where she is committed to working towards all aspects of corporate social responsibility, as well as creating jobs locally, reduces her carbon footprint by sourcing fabrics and trims from local vendors who work with reliable and quality fabrics and not to mention that 90 percent of her collection’s fabrics are made from natural fibers that are biodegradable.
Rae says the future works its way into her collection and reverberates a message about clothing that hopefully inspires one to be “open-minded, accepting, knowledgeable, responsible, and loving.” She also notes that her collection, inspired by the Macro People in Alexander’s book (with the highest level of enlightenment) wear white, which is where the white in the collection stems from. There is also a “utopian” and “dystopian” print—as the designer playfully calls it—made up of sci-fi landscapes in different tones.
“I think that the woman who appreciates this collection is aware of the future and knows her part in shaping it. She knows the importance of sustainability, of redefining gender roles, of open-mindedness and acceptance,” Rae tells Ecouterre.
With the idea of improving the performance of daily springtime activities, Rae incorporated utilitarian and sporty/performance-inspired details such as sweatshirts, running pants, snaps, and plastic zippers. And as A.D. 2150 is also the Age of Aquarius, she incorporates water elements into the collection, such as surf style shirts, neoprene and a water-resistant nylon.
“I learn so much in the process of creating each collection and I take to heart the progressive ideologies I discover,” says Rae, “they become a part of me. It’s continuous exploration and growth. As such I have continued with the minimalism and hopefully the humility from my previous collection.”
If clothing has the ability to empower us, to take us more consciously into the future Rae seems a likely candidate for designing our luxe uniforms.”My design goal is to create a positive, enriching and empowering experience for the woman, the wearer,” she says. “I think it is appropriate for the modern progressive woman who isn’t just putting on a man’s suit to feel empowered. I want women to feel encouraged, comfortable and proud of their womanhood, and to explore their endless possibilities.”